Local plans set for ‘A Day Without an Immigrant’

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer If all goes as planned, it may not be business as usual in the United States on Monday, which is “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant” Day. Nationwide, immigrant supporters hope to disrupt the day to illustrate, like the 2004 movie, “A Day Without […]

Clovis rally draws close to 400 supporters

Tonya Garner The group of 50 immigration rights supporters rapidly swelled to 400 Monday as they marched through Clovis. Many were wearing white as a sign of peace as they chanted “Si Se pueda,” which translates to “Yes, we can,” a rallying cry of Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union. The rally […]

Local residents march for immigrant rights

Tony Parra More than 250 people were part of a peaceful march through the streets of Portales on Monday in support of rights for illegal immigrants. The march, which started shortly after 4 p.m. in the downtown area and went to Eastern New Mexico University and back, was comprised of people of all ages. “We […]

We can accommodate immigrants

By Helena Rodriquez Si se puede! “Yes, we can!” “Yes, it can be done!” However you translate these three words, this was the chant that led many Latinos to take to the streets and the fields in the 1960s and 1970s to demand better working conditions for farm workers and civil rights for all. Recently […]

Locals express concerns about immigration reform

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By Marlena Hartz This mild-weathered Saturday afternoon, business inside Juanito’s Mexican Food Restaurant is brimming. Customers chat over chips and salsa at tables, while others cluster in the lobby to be seated. The Clovis restaurant is a bright spot on Mabry Drive, with purple porch beams and window trim, a picture of a man in […]

Immigration issue probably doesn’t have a simple solution

Editorial Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier for […]

Proposal calls for fingerprinting immigrants

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration is proposing that illegal immigrants who apply for a New Mexico driver’s license be fingerprinted for background checks. That would strengthen border security and ensure that applicants for licenses “are who they say they are,” Taxation and Revenue Secretary Jan Goodwin said Wednesday. New Mexico is […]

Bill would help undocumented students

By Tony Parra Portales residents are using their forces and efforts to try to give undocumented area students an opportunity for a higher education. The residents believe they should have a chance at a future like any United States citizen. Portales city officials, Somos Un Pueblo Unido (We Are a Town United) Organization members and […]

Immigrants could get more opportunities under Bush’s plan

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — President Bush’s temporary worker program could mean more than just a chance for New Mexico’s illegal immigrants to emerge from the shadows of the state’s unofficial economy, a state Labor Department spokesman said. The proposal could pave the way for high-skilled undocumented workers to move legally up the labor market […]