This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and a trio of special panelists discuss the end of Title 42. First, our panelists consider how officials around New Mexico prepared for the closing of the Trump-era immigration policy and ask why we haven’t seen the huge increase in migration many predicted. Then, Gene asks the panel to consider the journey a migrant takes when seeking asylum and questions how this country’s immigration system can improve.
Gene also sits down with Rep. Mark Duncan to discuss how the community in Farmington and San Juan County are reacting and recovering from a mass shooting that killed three people and injured six others.
Our Land’s Laura Paskus sits down with Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve, to talk about how the National Park Service tries to balance public access with protecting wildlife and ecosystems — pluschanges that might be coming, especially as the preserve works on a new management plan.
A criminal justice reform bill that would have made it tougher to lock up probationers and parolees for minor, so-called “technical” violations. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vetoed the measure earlier this year. Executive Producer Jeff Proctor asks Eighth Judicial District Attorney Marcus Montoya and Chief Public Defender Bennett Baur whether the governor made the right choice to veto that bill.
Host: Gene Grant
Sophia Genovese, Managing Attorney, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
Roberto Rosales, Photojournalist
Algernon D’Ammassa, Editor, The Deming Headlight
Rep. Mark Duncan on Farmington Mass Shooting, Community Healing
Correspondent: Gene Grant
Guest: Rep. Mark Duncan – (R) Kirtland
Balancing Act at Valles Caldera
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Jorge Silva-Bañuelos, Superintendent of Valles Caldera National Preserve
Criminal Justice Reform Vetoed by Governor
Correspondent: Jeff Proctor
Guests: Marcus Montoya, President, NM District Attorney Association
Bennett Baur, Chief Public Defender