Country needs dialogue on pros, cons of immigration

Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, where immigration never became […]

Senate candidate stops in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Pearce said as a veteran he understands the challenges the country faces from terrorists and a strong stance has to be maintained. “They (Islamic jihadists) have said they are going to annihilate us and they mean it,” Pearce said while attending a meet and […]

Wilson makes campaign stop in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson made her first campaign stops in eastern New Mexico on Monday with “listening sessions” in Portales and Tucumcari. “I’m used to running tough races,” said Wilson, while introducing herself to the crowd and referring to her close races for Congress. She said after […]

Pearce officially announces candidacy

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico U.S. Representative Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said Saturday during a stump speech to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate that he plans to take conservative New Mexico values to Washington. Pearce spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Clovis Municipal Airport, where he announced his candidacy for Sen. […]

Churches take stand on immigration

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A new coalition of more than 100 evangelical Christian organizations is finally stepping up to say what the Catholic church has been saying all along: Show compassion for our neighbors, the weak, and the alien. According to the New York Times, evangelical leaders are making increasingly visible efforts to push […]

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 […]

Dendahl seeking governor’s post

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M. Biography: Dendahl is a fourth-generation Santa Fean. He is married and has five daughters. He and his wife, Jackie, have nine grandchildren. He is a graduate of Sante Fe’s public […]

Immigrants make U.S. better place

Editorial Immigration won’t destroy America — rather, it built America and made it great. No one knows that truth better than George W. Bush, whose international vision was clear back when he was Texas governor and wasn’t shackled by conservatives at the national level. So it might seem that in signing the bill earlier this […]

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 […]

Immigration: Compromises only solution

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Struggle to immigrate sometimes long

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared one room and a kitchen in home with a dirt floor. She left the coastal city — rich in agricultural products but mired in poverty — for the United States at the […]

Republican governor hopeful campaigns in Portales

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By Tony Parra Republican J.R. Damron sees a need for change in the governor’s office to improve education and stop illegal immigration. Gov. Bill Richardson’s opponent in November’s General Election, Damron said students in New Mexico rank low in test scores compared with students from other states, citing a recently released report card from the […]

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 […]

No sense comments from the Black side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist An Associated Press headline caught my attention: Crime rate falls, but prisons still full. Well, duh … where do you think the criminals are? Here are some more well, duh, comments: • “I train my horses with a 2-by-4, but they won’t let me touch their head.” • “We built […]

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 […]