Reactions to Arizona’s Immigration Law From Around N.M.
Gov. Bill Richardson will be on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday (9 a.m., channel 4) to talk about our neighboring state’s new law.
The governor also said he’s “deeply concerned that New Mexico residents traveling in Arizona could be subject to detention and investigation.” Richardson ordered the state’s Division of Human Rights to immediately assist New Mexicans traveling in Arizona. The division will offer info on avoiding unlawful detention and help with legal action when necessary.
Sen. Bingaman also asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to look at how New Mexicans in Arizona would be affected by the law. The Department of Justice is reviewing its legality.
Somos un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant rights group in Santa Fe, says we should boycott Arizona.
Sen. Udall opposes the law and is calling for national immigration reform.
Reps. Heinrich, Teague and Lujan say the same.
Four of five Republican candidates for governor support the bill to some degree. Republican Doug Turner and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, the race’s only Democrat, stand against it.
Events This Weekend
Tomorrow in Santa Fe Somos un Pueblo Unido and protesters will meet at 1:30 at the De Vargas Mall (Corner of N. Guadalupe and Paseo de Peralta) to march against Arizona’s SB 1070.
In Albuquerque, there is a Day of Action event planned by El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos at the Plaza de Encuentro (714 Fourth Street SW, between Coal and Bridge). It’s a concert, vigil and party that calls for national immigration reform this year. The event will go from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
If anyone knows of anything else happening this weekend, please post it here.