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New Mexico Senator Presents Puerto Rico Statehood Bill to Senate

New Mexico Senator Presents Puerto Rico Statehood Bill to Senate

The U.S. Senate received Wednesday for the first time a bill to make Puerto Rico the 51st state amid an economic crisis that many here blame in part on contention over the island's political status. continue reading »

New Mexico Gov Martinez Determined to Keep Pushing Repeal of Drivers Licenses

New Mexico Gov Martinez Determined to Keep Pushing Repeal of Drivers Licenses

The New Mexico legislative session begins today, and one of the issues on the agenda is, unfortunately, Governor Susana Martinez‘s ongoing push to repeal driver’s licenses for immigrants living in the state. continue reading »

WATCHDOG: New Mexico Mayor and Convicted Gun Smuggler Keeps Taxpayer-Funded Pension

WATCHDOG: New Mexico Mayor and Convicted Gun Smuggler Keeps Taxpayer-Funded Pension

A conviction for gun smuggling isn’t stopping a former Columbus mayor from getting nearly $17,000 a year in taxpayer-funded pension money, New Mexico Watchdog has learned. continue reading »

HELP US:  Locate Parents of Toddler Found Alone in NM Desert Near Border Fence

HELP US:  Locate Parents of Toddler Found Alone in NM Desert Near Border Fence

New Mexico authorities and the Mexican consulate office are seeking help in trying to locate the parents or relatives of a toddler they found wondering the desolate New Mexico desert Saturday night. Sunland Park borders El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. continue reading »

Experts Fear U.S. Latino Youth Are Losing Bilingual Heritage

Experts Fear U.S. Latino Youth Are Losing Bilingual Heritage

With 53 million Hispanics living in the United States, Spanish is the second-most-important language in the country and the growth of the Latino population will continue fostering its use as part of the national culture, politics and economy. continue reading »

Restaurant Seen in “Breaking Bad” Sees Increase in Guacamole Sales Thanks to Show

Restaurant Seen in “Breaking Bad” Sees Increase in Guacamole Sales Thanks to Show

Last Sunday's episode of the hit AMC drama "Breaking Bad" featured a tense scene between characters at a Mexican restaurant. During the scene, a waiter keeps interrupting their conversation to talk about guacamole. Now, thanks to that episode, the real life restaurant has seen a dramatic increase in their guacamole sales. continue reading »

NEW MEXICO: Third County Allows Gay Marriage

NEW MEXICO: Third County Allows Gay Marriage

A third county in New Mexico will allow same-sex couples to marry, the result of a state judge’s ruling Monday that any prohibition of gay marriage in the state is “unconstitutional and unenforceable.” continue reading »

Quarter of Mexican Migrant Workers in New Mexico Suffer Wage Theft

Quarter of Mexican Migrant Workers in New Mexico Suffer Wage Theft

One in every four Mexican immigrant workers in New Mexico has been the victim of wage theft, but just 12 percent of those people filed a complaint or recovered their pay, according to a report presented Thursday. continue reading »

HISPANIC STANDOUT: Dr. France Anne Cordova Set to be First Latina to Head Nat’l Science Agency

HISPANIC STANDOUT: Dr. France Anne Cordova Set to be First Latina to Head Nat’l Science Agency

This week President Obama announced more key administration nominations that included Dr. France Anne Cordova as director of the National Science Foundation. continue reading »

New Mexico Woman Gives Birth After Being Struck by Lightning

New Mexico Woman Gives Birth After Being Struck by Lightning

A New Mexico woman and her newborn baby are said to be doing well after the mother was struck by lightning. On July 4th, a very pregnant Kendra Villanueva, her partner, Ian Gordon, and a group of friends were sitting continue reading »

Suspicious Substance and Package Sent to NM Governor Susana Martinez, Staff Quarantined

Suspicious Substance and Package Sent to NM Governor Susana Martinez, Staff Quarantined

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’ office has been sent a suspicious powdery white substance in a letter which shut down the governmental building. A second suspicious package was also found in the Santa Fe office. continue reading »

ACLU Charges: Whole Foods English-Only is Really a “No Spanish” Policy

ACLU Charges: Whole Foods English-Only is Really a “No Spanish” Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed charges against Whole Food Markets for allegedly discriminating against its Spanish-speaking employees. continue reading »

LATINO BLOTTER: Attempting to Steal ATM with Stolen Car, Man Hits Fence

LATINO BLOTTER: Attempting to Steal ATM with Stolen Car, Man Hits Fence

An New Mexico man is charged with commercial burglary, criminal damage to property, and car theft. At around 6 a.m., Albuquerque police responded to reports someone was attempting to steal an ATM. continue reading »

Where Can Undocumented Immigrants Drive “Legally”?

Where Can Undocumented Immigrants Drive “Legally”?

Across the country from California to Vermont, lawmakers are changing legislation in regards to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. In the past year many states have passed new bills and laws allowing the undocumented the right to drive legally. continue reading »

U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to LatAm Security, Development

U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to LatAm Security, Development

The United States remains committed to Latin America's security and development through multiple bilateral cooperation accords and within the framework of a "pragmatic" and mutually respectful relationship, a senior Obama administration official told Efe. continue reading »