Representantes estatales expresan sus diferentes enmiendas de ley para beneficiar a El Paso, Texas

En un foro legislativo que se llevó a cabo en la Universidad de Texas en El Paso a fines de enero varios políticos estatales dieron a conocer sus posturas legislativas en torno a diferentes temas de inmigración que afectan la zona fronteriza, en específico una propuesta estatal que requiere que autoridades policiacas locales reporten al gobierno federal a personas indocumentadas que han sido detenidas. El foro, llamado “El Paso Times Live”, fue auspiciado por el periódico local, el cual atrajo mas de 200 personas, donde dichas autoridades contestaron preguntas de la audiencia en torno a la propuesta estatal y otros temas

Cesar Blanco, representante estatal por el el distrito 76, comentó que no está de acuerdo con la orden ejecutiva de inmigración firmada por President Donald Trump a solo dos semanas después de tomar el poder. Esta orden ejecutiva hubiera impedido la entrada a Estados Unidos a personas de siete países predominantes de la religion musulmana, haciendo así énfasis a que estos países son un peligro para la nación estadounidense. La orden no fue implementada después de que varias cortes federales la declararon anti constitucional. Trump ha indicado que la esta revisando y pronto presentará otra version.

El Paso Democrats’ victory party ends with chorus of ‘How did this happen?’

El PASO – On election night as Donald Trump claimed victory in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and Hillary Clinton’s campaign drew to a close in defeat, I spent the evening with the El Paso County Democrats at their “victory” party. What started off as a hopeful event at the Camino Real hotel soon turned into a miserable affair. 6:40 p.m.: I arrive. There were already around 60 people gathered in the hotel’s grand Dome Bar. Drinks already flowing, the atmosphere was calm and relaxed.

Women, young voters drive record early voting in El Paso

Editor’s note: This article by Bob Moore was originally published in the El Paso Times Nov. 5. It is reprinted here with permission of the El Paso Times. Women and younger voters who did not vote in 2012 fueled El Paso’s record-shattering early voting turnout. An El Paso Times analysis of county election records shows that the number of voters under age 30 doubled from 2012, to almost 20,000.

UTEP students line up for record turnout in 1-day early voting on campus

More than 900 UTEP students, faculty, staff members, and residents of the El Paso community took advantage of early voting on Thursday at the Student Union on campus to cast their choice for president of the United States. Maggie Ortega, 57, a staff member who helped coordinate and organize UTEP’s early voting day, said she was surprised by the high turnout. City wide, early voting has broken previous voting records, according to local news reports. “This is the highest turnout that we’ve had in years,” said Ortega, who is services coordinator for the UTEP Student Government Association and worked with the El Paso County Elections Department to bring the mobile voting booth to the Student Union from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 27. The El Paso Department of Elections notifies UTEP staff in advance of the date they intend to set up the mobile voting booth, said Administrative Coordinator Maggie Ortega, who also helped organize the early voting day.

Road sign between Deming and Silver City reads: Benghazi - Fast and Furious, Obamacare - Solyndra Open Borders. Wake up America. Photo by Jack Price, Borderzine.com

In southern New Mexico, state House races are the big draws

Editor’s Note: Saturday, Oct. 8 marked the one-month countdown to Election Day. So New Mexico In Depth’s Sandra Fish decided to travel to Deming and Silver City with University of Texas El Paso exchange student Jack Price of Darlington, North East England. The two cities are each hosting key state House races, with incumbents retiring and political newcomers vying for the seats. These contests could be key to whether the House remains in Republican hands or goes back to Democratic control.

Border region early voting shows unprecedented interest in presidential race, possibly a result of ‘Trump effect,’ experts say

This year’s contentious presidential election will most surely be remembered as one that broke new ground on many fronts: first woman on the ballot, first business tycoon/political outsider to run for the oval office, first time hot button issues of immigration and free trade made it to the national debate stage.  After election day we’ll also know whether the race for the White House has produced a long-awaited milestone regarding the national Latino vote, which many believe to be a sleeping giant that will soon wake up to vote in large enough numbers to affect the outcome of a presidential election.  This remains to be seen.  Read and watch border region election coverage by UTEP and NMSU student reporters and online news site New Mexico In Depth here.  A question in the minds of many is whether Latinos will be motivated to cast ballots in greater numbers than before because of Republican Donald Trump’s anti immigrant rhetoric and hate speech against Mexicans, Latinos and others, and promises to stop illegal immigration by building a “beautiful wall” between the United States and Mexico. Mexico will have to pay for it, he has said.

Video: Early voting begins

Voters taking advantage of early voting in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, say they wanted to avoid the long lines on election day and were eager to cast their ballots for the “good of the whole community.” Early voting began Oct. 11 in New Mexico and runs through Nov. 5. In Texas it runs from Oct.

Latino voter registration lags other groups

On the last week of voter registration, Claudia Perea, a 45 year-old housewife from Las Cruces goes door-to-door in neighborhoods with the largest numbers of eligible Latinos who are not registered to vote. Armed with a pen, voter registration forms and a clipboard, Perea took to the streets of Las Cruces and El Paso to register Latinos to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Perea is part of a voter registration drive conducted by Hillary for Las Cruces’ organizing office. “I help to recruit people to register to vote and target the Latino community heavily. I go door-to-door or to churches, parks and neighborhoods to try to register as many Latinos to vote as possible by Oct.

El Paso, New Mexico Hispanic voters a big question mark in Election 2016

SUNLAND PARK – A couple of miles from Texas and less than a mile from Mexico, Carlos Juarez is serving the lunch crowd at the family business, Carlos Bakery/Panaderia. Signs for local candidates adorn the main business sign and the windows. The 28-year-old sees a definite difference in the 2016 presidential election compared with four years ago. “There’s no enthusiasm anymore,” Juarez said. “2012, from the Obama campaign, we had people coming out once or twice a week.