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Susana Martinez is bad on immigration, supports amnesty and a DREAM Act plan (Mitt Romney, New Mexico) - 05/15/12

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez appeared to be somewhat OK on immigration in the past: she opposed drivers licenses for illegal aliens and the DREAM Act.

Gary Johnson's immigration position disqualifies him for president or anything else (Our America Initiative, New Mexico) - 06/23/10

Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson started the "Our America Initiative" last year, possibly as a precursor to a presidential run. He's a libertarian and that means two things: a) he might as well save his donors the money because he's never going to get mainstream support, and b) he's wrong. How he's wrong about immigration will be discussed below. First, here are two snippets showing his thinking, such as it is:

Randal Archibold misleads in support of massive illegal activity (New Mexico vs. Arizona) - 05/13/10

Randal Archibold of the New York Times offers "Side by Side, but Divided Over Immigration" (, a bit of a crooked version of A Tale of Two Cities. The first paragraph misleads:

New Mexico gave out over 1000 driver's licenses to illegal aliens, others with bogus documents; Arizona no longer trusts NM licenses - 06/14/09

In 2003, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson signed a law that allowed that state to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens, and when he was running for president he continued to support the bill. And, since that time over one thousand probable illegal aliens have gotten licenses from that state using bogus documents.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) tries tying ICE's hands on immigration raids; Mexico-linked ACLU cheers - 05/20/08

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Democrat from Petaluma, California and chairwoman of the Workforce Protection Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee (some background here), held a hearing this morning regarding ICE raids (link): Congress should enact legislation giving more teeth to existing federal guidelines aimed at ensuring that children's needs are considered when their parents are arrested in raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enfocement agents [Woolsey said]. The agency's November 2007 guidelines outlining humanitarian concerns to be addressed during raids "are not being...

Dozens of special interest aliens might have received New Mexico driver's licenses - 05/01/08

From this: FBI agents on Wednesday busted 10 people they termed "special interest illegal aliens" for allegedly trying to use fraudulent documents to get New Mexico drivers licenses. ...While the FBI isn't saying which countries the 10 came from, the news release said "certain countries are associated with special national security concerns," and that using the term "special interest alien" depends on which a given person is from. According to the news release, investigators are still working on the investigation, and believe that dozens of "special interest illegal aliens" may have...

Could Matt Yglesias be any more of a dude? - 04/30/07

As in "dude ranch": Caption: Brooks Brothers suit jacket turns out not to go so well with hiking. Leaving the Great Liberal Northeast for seemingly the first time, pundit Matt Yglesias recently traveled to Taos, New Mexico. I spent a fair amount of time typing out an unheeded comment suggesting that he travel further south and visit Las Cruces, El Paso, and Carlsbad and also that he take a hike at the White Sands National Monument. It's a good thing he didn't take my advice: he probably would have done it in a tuxedo. In a show of solidarity with, you know, everyone else, he says "Middle...

AP: "Immigration Crackdown Could Create Ghost Town" - 05/16/06

The AP offers a video report here that Yahoo or they subtitle with the following: Visit Columbus, New Mexico, where some community leaders fear that blocking immigrant smuggling could put the town out of business. While I didn't watch the video I have a pretty good idea of what it will and won't cover. They might give an ironic tip o' the hat to Columbus being the town where Pancho Villa conducted his infamous raid. But, they probably will treat transnational corruption as a wonderful good.

Bishops urge: show false, idiotic compassion to illegal aliens - 02/22/06

Dear Archbishop Michael Sheehan of the New Mexico archdiocese: I read that you want us to show "compassion" to "immigrants". In fact, you say: "We don't condone illegal entry, but when someone is here, we try to take care of them." Let me try to put this in a way that you might understand. (Regular readers are invited to skip this post since you already know this, but the archbishop probably doesn't.)