V.20 No.35 | 9/1/2011
Driver’s license checks no mas. For now.
By Elise Kaplan, fearless intern [ Thu Sep 1 2011 3:31 PM ]
Everyone is talking about driver's licenses. First Gov. Susana Martinez required 10,000 foreign nationals to show proof of residency. Then, Mexican-Americans rallied to fight back: protests, letters, and lawsuits abound.
Yesterday, a District Court judge in Santa Fe, Sarah Singleton, issued a temporary halt to the guv’s push. The order came in response to a lawsuit brought against the Taxation and Revenue Department. Freedman Boyd, working with the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, filed the suit. He says Martinez’ license verification effort violates the separation of powers between New Mexico's executive and legislative branches.
“We think it's a great step towards ending this unconstitutional action once and for all,” says David Urias, an lawyer who also worked on the lawsuit. “We believe the courts will step in and stop it.”
This would be good news for El Centro and Somos un Pueblo Unido, organizations that advocate for immigrant rights. Both groups have vocally opposed the program, saying Martinez is targeting immigrants for political gain.
Somos un Pueblo Unido issued a news release yesterday about the judge's decision, explaining their stance on the residency certification. The organization “believes the program is inefficient, costly, confusing, and is being used to intimidate immigrant families in New Mexico … .”
Today El Centro will hold a rally called “Don't Target our Families” outside of the Taxation and Revenue Department at the northeast corner of Central and San Mateo at 5 p.m.
V.20 No.35 |
The Daily Word in AK-47s, sex workers and Darth Vader
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Sep 1 2011 9:46 AM ]
Judge stops Gov. Martinez' license verification effort.
MVD didn't issue a driver's license to a teen who had his birth certificate and Social Security card.
Did BernCo put out this recycling plant fire in Southwest Albuquerque fast enough? And why is it always on fire?
Corrections secretary's boyfriend accused of shooting a gun on prison grounds.
PRC tech says he was fired after reporting employees were browsing online porn at work.
Man shot and killed by APD this week held a loaded AK-47, says Chief Schultz.
Those who profited off 9/11.
August was the first month since 2003 without the death of a U.S. solider in Iraq.
Darth Vader: Noooooooooo!
Justice Department sues to stop AT&T from buying T-Mobile.
George R. R. Martin is creepy, rape-y and racist, writes hilarious blogger.
Prosties and strip clubs in Tampa prep for the GOP convention in 2012.
Toddler wears fake T&A for pageant.
Did you hear about the guy with the $16 house?
It's OK if you think parenting is miserably hard work.
V.20 No.33 |
Daily Word: 8.19.11-Balloon Records, Syrian Casualties and Immigration Policy
By Summer Olsson [ Fri Aug 19 2011 10:02 AM ]
If you love balloons, this might make you mad. France surpassed one of Albuquerque's ballooning records.
Thirteenth arrest made in News of the World scandal—an L.A.-based celebrity journalist.
David Letterman receives death threat from online jihadist.
New policy might mean fewer deportations of illegal immigrants who pose no threat and don't commit crimes.
Suicide attack kills eight at British council in Kabul.
New people's movement in India, led by Gandhi-esque social activist, meant to stop corruption.
xkcd illustrates the best workout.
New study supports the idea that not getting enough sleep can really mess you up.
A comedy about dealing with cancer, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Plus, he needs your story contributions for a cool project.
With 15 more civilian casualties, the UN says Syrian government may be guilty of crimes against humanity.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
The Daily Word in Madoff’s pants, hand hearts and whiskey
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Aug 11 2011 11:49 AM ]
Family of civil rights lawyer Mary Han says police botched the investigation of her death.
Los Ranchos may get a plastic bag manufacturing plant that operates 24 hours a day.
Guv sent out letters to see whether immigrants with driver’s licenses still live in the state. She says more than a quarter of them were sent back by the post office.
Bernie Madoff’s pants can house your iPad.
Carlsbad is running out of water.
Tonight, Republican candidates will debate in Iowa. Gawker’s got your predictions.
More people are getting their tattoos removed.
The secrets of hand hearts revealed.
Robotic exoskeleton. Yhuuuuuusssssssssss.
Underwater volcano to erupt near Oregon.
American distillers may be rushing whiskey. Crisis?
An investigative report on the use of drones.
The top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books.
V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Answer Me This
By Marisa Demarco
What do you know about last week?
V.20 No.29 |
Martinez requests proof of residency from 10,000 undocumented immigrants
By Elise Kaplan, fearless intern [ Thu Jul 21 2011 4:43 PM ]
Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that the Motor Vehicle Division sent letters to 10,000 foreign nationals with state driver's licenses to request proof of residency. Letter recipients will have 30 days to contact the MVD and schedule an in-person appointment to verify their New Mexican address.
According to the guv's July 19 news release, there are about 85,000 foreign nationals with N.M. driver's licenses. The letters were sent to one-eighth of them, selected at random.
Martinez is seeking data on the percentage of driver’s licenses that have been issued to people from other countries who are no longer residents of New Mexico, according to the news release. If results indicate many licenses are held by nonresidents, the Tax and Revenue Division and the MVD will investigate the residency of more people.
Since passing a 2003 law, New Mexico is one of two states that allows drivers to obtain licenses without a Social Security number. The other state, Washington, permits residents to sign a declaration of their legal foreign worker status to obtain a license. Although Utah allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses, they cannot be used for identification purposes.
Since Martinez took office earlier this year she has fought to repeal policies that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Advocates of the practice argue that licensing is beneficial for public safety and the economy.
V.20 No.27 | 7/7/2011
“Please Save Us”
Detainees beg to be deported through safe territory
By Andrew Beale
Almost 50 people held on immigration charges in New Mexico signed letters saying that if they are deported over the state's border, they will be immediately kidnapped or killed.
V.20 No.25 |
The Daily Word in UNM presidents, mob bosses and fireworks
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jun 23 2011 10:22 AM ]
Police have arrested former UNM president Chris Garcia in connection with a prostitution ring. They arrested a physics professor yesterday and charged him with promoting prostitution.
A bridge in the Bosque caught fire.
Gov. Martinez says it might be better to skip the fireworks this year.
Who's going to jump into the race for Heinrich's congressional seat? Ex-Mayor Martin Chavez? Ex-Lt. Gov. Diane Denish? State Sen. Eric Griego? City Councilor Dan Lewis? Jon Barela?
Guv also looking to tighten rules for driver's licenses for foreign nationals.
The FBI's been hunting Whitey Bulger for 15 years. Yesterday, agents caught the 81-year-old mob boss in Santa Monica.
The world's first totally synthetic pop star.
The seas are rising.
Potatoes make Americans fat.
FDA says breast implants won't last for life.
The end of gender?
V.20 No.13 | 3/31/2011
Prison or Processing Center?
An immigrant detention facility in southern New Mexico faces sharp criticism from the ACLU
By Marisa Demarco
In the remote area southeast of Las Cruces lies an unincorporated region called Chaparral. About 15,000 people live scattered throughout, according to the 2010 census.
V.20 No.12 | 3/24/2011
Playing Chicken With Millions
Senators battled as the final moments of the 2011 legislative session ticked away
By Marisa Demarco and Christie Chisholm
If an eye for an eye makes everyone blind, a bill for a bill leaves our roads messed up and our senior centers unfunded.
During the legislative session, most measures are passed in the final days, hours and even minutes. As the clock wound down on Saturday, March 19, lawmakers threw a wrench in the works to force one of the governor’s priorities through. But it didn’t work, and in the end, Gov. Susana Martinez’ “social promotion” education bill got left behind—and so did millions for improvements around the state.
V.20 No.11 | 3/17/2011
By Marisa Demarco
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of the 2011 legislative session. It’s slated to adjourn on Saturday, March 19, at noon. The brunt of the work usually happens during the last hours, and lawmakers debate well into the final nights. Here’s what’s happened so far.
Ortiz y Pino
License to Rage
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
Gov. Susana Martinez is pumping up public outrage over the driver's license issue. It's like watching a prosecutor work a jury with an emotional closing argument.
V.20 No.10 |
The Daily Word: Dalai Lama, Muslim hearings, Julianne Moore as Palin
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Mar 10 2011 8:18 AM ]
Charge up your electric car at Third and Marquette in Downtown Albuquerque.
Feds bust three clinics they say were dealing pills.
For the first time, Gov. Martinez uses the state plane--not the state jet.
Driver's license measure "eviscerated" in committee.
Richest person in the world now 38 percent richer. Guess where he lives? (Rhymes with Schmexico).
BBC reporters captured an tortured by Qaddafi's security.
Wisconsin union leaders promise two things: 1) a lawsuit and 2) the ousting of politicians who would snuff out their bargaining rights.
The Dalai Lama wants to give his political power to an elected representative.
Rep. Peter King's Muslim hearings begin today. He's said most mosques are run by radical imams.
Tucson shooter pleads not guilty. A victim still recovering from gunshot wounds went to the hearing to represent.
Nato forces may have accidentally killed the Afghan president's cousin.
Wait, we still care about Lindsay Lohan? She may go to jail today. In other tabloid-y news (same link), something something Britney Spears and Brangelina. (Seriously, it's been like a decade on Brangelina).
The celebrity contagion.
France shakes hands with Libya's rebel government.
Black people are leaving big cities and changing voter politics.
Julianne Moore is slated to play Sarah Palin on HBO.
V.20 No.9 |
The Daily Word: Roundhouse, APD $$$, plastics release estrogen?
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Mar 3 2011 9:09 AM ]
Libyan rebels won the oil port yesterday, but Qaddafi launched an airstrike this morning. Civil war could be around the corner.
Prime minister appointed by Mubarak quits; protesters plan Friday demonstrations about unmet demands.
Rio Rancho father of a fallen soldier reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that allows people to picket funerals. A Kansas-based church protested outside his son's funeral years ago.
APS superintendent and governor spar over budget.
Serious procedural throwdown in the House over driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants late last night.
A bill to limit state film $$$ made it out of the House.
Some APD officers make more than the mayor by doubling their salaries with overtime.
Someone called a Gallup jail pretending to represent the sheriff and got an accused murderer out of jail.
Lasers can be tractor beams.
Idaho: The caviar state.
EPA studies edited by the oil and gas industry through political pressure.
Most plastics release chemicals that are like estrogen, according to a study.
Nano spy-cam hummingbird.
V.20 No.4 |
Guv orders state police to check immigration status
By Marisa Demarco [ Mon Jan 31 2011 8:32 PM ]
Gov. Susana Martinez today issued an executive order mandating state police look into the citizenship of people arrested for crimes. Officers will be barred from investigating the immigration status of victims. They also won't ask about the status of drivers stopped for speeding. "This order takes the handcuffs off of New Mexico’s law enforcement officers in their mission to keep our communities safe," the governor wrote in the order.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the move will invite racial profiling and that it offers "an incentive to police to arrest people who look and sound 'foreign.' " ACLU-NM Director Peter Simonson also called the directive "SB 1070-like."
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