My turn: Communities complement each other

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Unprecedented, and possibly illegal, I’m running as a write-in candidate for mayor of Clovis and Portales. I live in Portales, but have spent enough time at Clovis golf courses, Jeff Naggs’ dental office and Webb’s Watering Hole for dual citizenship. I will debate myself on my dual-hamlet stimulus plans anytime, anywhere. With a horse-drawn carriage […]

Flow of illegal immigration slowing down

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls continue to show that strong majorities of Americans want their elected officials to crack down on illegal immigration. Furthermore, states are pushing ahead various proposals — such as requiring employers to use an E-Verify system to assure that workers they hire are in the United States legally. Yet a […]

Resolution passed in support of ending driver licenses for foreign nationals

Argen Duncan Local officials differ in their beliefs on whether illegal immigrants should receive New Mexico driver’s licenses. Former Gov. Bill Richardson instituted the issuing of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Current Gov. Susana Martinez wants the practice stopped and has asked for support from local governments. The Roosevelt County Commission adopted a resolution Tuesday […]

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Portales past: March 21, 1962

March 21, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: The firing of all kinds of guns, whether they shoot pellets, darts or real bullets, is illegal in the city limits, Police Chief Keith Rowland reminded residents.

Corruption, illegal immigration top attorney general debate

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Argen Duncan New Mexico’s attorney general candidates debated illegal immigration policy, health care reform and fighting corruption Tuesday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Incumbent and Democrat Gary King and Republican challenger Matt Chandler, also the Ninth Judicial District attorney, are contending for the office. Portales Mayor Sharon King moderated the debate, hosted by the […]

Administration must be careful with personal data

Freedom New Mexico Immigration activists are rightly starting to rethink their trust of the Obama administration. They have good reason: This administration has been more active in pursuing and deporting illegal residents than its immediate predecessors. Those advocates might, however, be a bit too sensitive about one recent development. People are voicing alarm that the […]

Feds sue to block Arizona illegal immigrant law

By Bob Christie: The Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for a clash between the federal government and the state over the nation’s toughest immigration crackdown. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in […]

Gadgets not effective against illegal immigration

Freedom New Mexico We do love our toys, especially when we don’t have to pay for them. To their credit, some government officials are finally starting to tire of pouring taxpayers’ money into the $6.7 billion “virtual fence” along the Mexican border. President Obama might cut nearly $200 million from the project. The Bush administration […]

2-3 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 15 Whistle blowers A measure before the full Senate aims to protect public employees who report illegal and unethical conduct. “The right to come forward with important information regarding unethical or illegal conduct is vital to restoring public faith in government,” said Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of SB […]

Shakedown turns up illegal items

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Denying children citizenship no answer

Freedom New Mexico One of the most challenging issues in the national debate over illegal immigration is what to do about the children of such immigrants who gain automatic U.S. citizenship at birth. Despite the wishes of anti-immigration extremists, the federal courts almost universally have agreed the 14th Amendment grants citizenship to anyone born on […]

1-20-08 Letter to the Editor

Attitude disturbingly ethnocentric Last Sunday’s letter from Richard Foster (“Making sanctuary ultimately illegal”) is disturbing, getting uncomfortably close to pure BS with his statement that “… poorly educated illegals are a net loss to our economy.” Whose economy, sir? Further, as to “Why should the rest of the population support people who aren’t legally in […]

Laughable laws still on books

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law against that?” Like when people follow you too closely in their shopping carts at Wal-Mart or when they raise Pittsburgh Steelers flags here in Cowboys Country? There are no laws against being stupid or annoying, unless you count excessive […]

Outsourcing of agriculture may be less than beneficial

Editorial We can testify that many Americans have powerful feelings about illegal immigrants and desire both stronger enforcement of existing immigration laws and ways to identify and if possible deport as many as possible of those workers who are here without proper legal authorization. Thus there is considerable support for the Bush administration proposal to […]

Nation’s drug policies must be reconsidered

Editorial We couldn’t help but notice a recent wire story headlined “Illegal drugs getting scarcer.” The report began by noting that the availability of most illegal drugs is down and drug seizures are up. Drug warriors point to this information as proof the war on drugs is succeeding. Not everyone, however, is reaching that same […]

Extending immigrants credit poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Area woman teaches English, God’s love in China

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A religion graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Heather Husted always felt she would be in a Gospel ministry somewhere. The Roosevelt County native never dreamed it would be in a communist country. Husted, who was born in Portales and grew up in Elida, is back home briefly from […]

Immigration laws do little to deter illegal immigrants

Editorial We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, including identity […]

Hispanic needs shouldn’t be ignored

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]