Posted by Michael Swickard on Thursday, January 27, 2011
Labels: New Mexico News
From KOB-TV.com - by Gadi Schwartz, KOB Eyewitness News 4 - The debate over illegal immigration is gathering momentum at the state capitol with lawmakers on both sides of the issue preparing bills. Governor Susana Martinez has vowed to try and stop undocumented immigrants from getting New Mexico drivers licenses during the current legislative session, which could set the tone for the debate over immigration. The first bills dealing with illegal immigration have been filed by Senate Democrats. One would prevent law enforcement officers from racial profiling people who look like they are immigrants to enforce federal immigration laws. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Richard Martinez (D-Espanola) says the purpose of the bill is to prevent officers from pulling people over and arresting "them based on their color." Another bill introduced by Senator Tim Keller (D-Albuquerque) basically offers sanctuary for immigrants in certain places where officers would not be allowed to ask about immigration status like churches, schools and hospitals. Keller's bill would also limit officers from inquiring about immigration status from witnesses of a crime scene to foster cooperation with a law enforcement investigation. Representative Andy Nunez (I-Hatch) also introduced a bill Thursday requiring a social security number to get a driver's license. Representative Bill Rehm, (R-Albuquerque) is also gearing up to introduce a bill that would require people without social security numbers to get temporary driver's permit, which could not be used to board a plane. Under that bill, licenses already issued to some 84,000 undocumented immigrants would be revoked in 2012. Read more
Posted by Michael Swickard
Labels: Swickard Columns
By Michael Swickard, Ph.D. - Calls to reform New Mexico Public Education have gone on for so long no one remembers when there were not reform calls, if ever. They are the status quo. Know this: continuing to do what in the past took New Mexico public education to where it is right now is inexcusable. Rather than attempt to reform a broken model of education; New Mexico must innovate fundamentally or suffer the same old results... Our core goal must be for students to do well. Therefore, at least 90 percent of public school students must be able to read on grade level at all times. To reach that goal we must have a robust measurement both descriptively where students are and prescriptively, if they continue doing what they are doing will they be on grade level by the end of the year? So you know, the 90 percent reading on grade level goal has been tried previously. With lots of work, it was realized. Read column
gatewaypundit.com -An Iranian suicide book was discovered in the Arizona desert near the border with Mexico. FOX News reported: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News. The book, “In Memory of Our Martyrs,” was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs. Published in Iran, it consists of short biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died carrying out attacks. According to internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents, “The book also includes letters from suicide attackers to their families, as well as some of their last wills and testaments.” Each biographical page contains “the terrorist’s name, date of death, and how they died.”
Posted by Rachel Pulaski
Labels: U.S. Politics
Posted by Michael Swickard
Labels: This Day In New Mexico History
On this day in New Mexico history, January 28, 1917 - The bulk of American forces who had gone into Mexico chasing Pancho Villa for his raid upon Columbus NM the previous March were withdrawn by order of President Wilson. Trouble with Pancho Villa began in 1915, when the United States government disappointed Villa by siding with and giving its official recognition to Carranza's national government. Feeling betrayed, Villa began attacking American property and citizens in northern Mexico.
Early in the morning of March 9, 1916, Pancho Villa's troops attacked the border city of Columbus, New Mexico (South of Deming, NM currently on I-10) and its local detachment of the U.S. 13th Cavalry Regiment, killing 10 civilians and 8 soldiers and wounding 2 civilians and 6 soldiers. The raiders also burned the town, took many horses and mules and seized available machine guns, ammunition and merchandise, before they returned to Mexico. On March 15, on orders from President Woodrow Wilson, General John J. Pershing led an expeditionary force of 4,800 men into Mexico to capture Villa, who had already had more than a week to disperse and conceal his forces before the punitive expedition tried to seek them out in unmapped terrain.
Upon returning to the United States, General Pershing publicly claimed the expedition was a success, although privately he complained to family that President Wilson had imposed too many restrictions, which made it impossible for him to fulfill his mission. President Wilson needed the troops back in the United States and ready to go France because he could see he was going to have to declare war upon Germany which he did April 6, 1917. Pershing took his finely tuned battle troops to France and in May they were reconstituted as the 1st Division.
A personal note: My grandfather, Horace Swickard, was one of the soldiers who went with General Pershing into Mexico and then on to France as a member of the 1st Division as a machine gunner. He was wounded twice and also suffered the effects of poison gas. He was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Posted by Jim Spence
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Posted by Rachel Pulaski
Labels: New Mexico News
From latimes.com -U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents. Said Jaziri, the former Imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden inside a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego. Jaziri allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a “safe place anywhere in the U.S.” The arrest marks the unexpected resurfacing of the 43-year-old cleric, whose protracted legal battle to avoid deportation drew headlines in Canada. A Tunisian immigrant, Jaziri was deported for failing to disclose a criminal conviction in France while applying for refugee status in the mid-1990s. More here
From gatewaypundit.com -In November 2010 it was first reported that the Obama Administration had handed out Obamacare waivers to special US companies… And, they hid this information from the American public. It took 6 clicks to find out this information on the government’s health care website. Unfortunately, if you’re a small business or you don’t have the right connections you can’t get a waiver for your company from Team Obama. The bottom line is that democrats did not create a law that benefits all of us. And, now they can pick the winners and losers – who will have to follow their new law and who will get a pass. The House Energy and Commerce Committee last Thursday asked the Department of Health and Human Services to provide detailed information on the over 200 groups requesting and receiving one-year waivers from Obamacare. But, it’s worse than we thought. The Obamacare waivers jumped from 229 to 729 this month covering over 2.2 million employees. At least three SEIU Chapters, including one in Chicago, are included on the list. More here