The future of nearly 800,000 young people is under threat as President Donald Trump phases out the program giving work permits and deportation relief to Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the United States as children. No new applications will be accepted, the administration announced today. Young people will lose their DACA status as soon as their permits, which are granted for two years, expire. Some youth-led organizations shifted into high gear to protest, and some youth-serving organizations have rallied to the defense of young immigrants
Several hundred people, many of them high school and college students, rallied Tuesday in Santa Fe to send a message to President Donald Trump on behalf of young immigrants who now might be deported. The Dreamers, they said, are here to stay. But exactly how they will make their words come true was anybody’s guess.
Ten percent of New Mexico children have had at least one parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, one of the highest such rates in the nation, according to a study released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Bill Jordan, senior policy advisor for New Mexico Voices for Children, brought up education funding that had been proportionately cut since the recession of last decade. “We no longer fully fund afterschool programs,” Jordan said. “We’ve really balanced the budget on the back of our kids.”
"HB 29, named Stevie’s Law in honor of murdered Albuquerque bartender Steven Gerecke, cleared its first committee on a 4-3 party line vote. Gerecke was shot five times and killed in his driveway, police say while he was trying to stop a group of 'mobbing' teens."
New Mexico is now worst in the nation in the percentage of children living in poverty, according to the Kids Count data book for 2015, which is released each year on the first day of the legislative session by the children and families advocacy organization New Mexico Voices for Children.