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The Line: Expo New Mexico a Temporary Stay for Some Asylum Seekers

Albuquerque Immigration

May 2, 2019 – While Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber said his city was better equipped to send donations and services to points south rather than host asylum seekers, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and state officials announced that Expo New Mexico is ready to provide temporary housing in its dorms. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel explore different approaches between the cities of Santa Fe and Albuquerque when it comes to sheltering asylum seekers.

Earlier this week, NMiF hosted a Facebook Live interview with Gary Coffin, the vice president of Indivisible Nob Hill, and Jim Gannon, CEO of Catholic Charities, to discuss ways to help asylum seekers. You can watch it on the New Mexico in Focus Facebook page.

 

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Santa Fe mayor: ‘Our hearts were overruled by our heads’ on housing migrants – by Ari Burack, Santa Fe New Mexican

Mayor: Santa Fe won’t be hosting migrants – by Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican

Governor, Albuquerque mayor: Expo New Mexico will house migrants – by Marian Camacho, KOB 4

Expo NM will open dorms to asylum-seekers – by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Border Issues In New Mexico

Line Immigration

March 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine New Mexico’s response to the influx of new immigrants. They look at the different definitions of a border “crisis” and debate the best way to handle migrants who are seeking asylum.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican
Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee

For Further Reading:

Four-part series on influx of migrant families seeking asylum – by Angela Kocherga, Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico cities mobilize as shelters take in more migrants –  by Susan Montoya Bryan and Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Guatemalan faces up to life in prison for holding migrants in New MexicoAssociated Press

Ill immigrants bring dangerous complications that can spread far beyond NM – by Janice Arnold-Jones, for the Albuquerque Journal