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Trump reassures NRA on gun control talks

Aug 9, 2019

 

   WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he has reassured the National Rifle Association that its views about the right to bear arms won't be ignored in Washington's response to recent mass shootings.

Trump said he is talking with the NRA and others to make sure that their "very strong views can be fully represented and respected."

"I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country," Trump tweeted. "Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!"

The NRA, however, is uncompromising when it comes to gun control. Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre said in a rare public statement Thursday that some federal gun control proposals "would make millions of law-abiding Americans less safe and less able to defend themselves and their loved ones."

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Aug 9, 2019


Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is throwing cold water on the idea of a special legislative session to address concerns of domestic terrorism.

Lujan Grisham's office issued an unusual statement from a senior policy adviser on Thursday that said it would be wrong to call a special session without more planning.

In response to mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf has suggested the governor reconvene the Legislature, which adjourned for the year in March.


Newsmakers 1121 - Immigration

Aug 8, 2019

This episode of Newsmakers takes us to a naturalization ceremony at the Las Cruces Convention Center, where nearly 200 people became U.S. citizens.  Also:  a report on a class at New Mexico State University that draws students from across the country to work for immigrant rights on the border.  

 

McConnell says Senate will consider gun background checks in the fall

Aug 8, 2019

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he wants Congress to consider legislation to expand federal background checks and other gun violence measures when lawmakers return in the fall.

The Republican leader told a Kentucky radio station that President Donald Trump called him Thursday morning and they talked about several ideas. The president, he said, is "anxious to get an outcome and so am I."

Republicans have resisted expanding background checks, but face enormous pressure to do something in the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend that killed 31 people.

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead.

At Least 40,000 Migrants Wait At U.S. Border

Aug 8, 2019

 

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Cameroonian men who share 10 mattresses on the floor of a third-floor apartment above a barber shop walk every morning to the busiest U.S. border crossing with Mexico, hoping against all odds that it will be their lucky day to claim asylum in the United States. Their unlikely bet is that a sympathetic Mexican official will somehow find a spot for them.

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The Latest: Police detail call about Crusius owning gun

Aug 7, 2019
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CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on the shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed 22 people (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

A spokesman for police in Allen, Texas, says a record has been found of a telephone call to police that attorney's for Patrick Crusius' family say came from his mother.

Sgt. Jon Felty told The Associated Press on Thursday that the call was taken on June 27 from a woman who did not identify herself or her son.

Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so

Aug 7, 2019
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  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has often railed about an "invasion of illegals" at the southern border, words echoed in a screed the El Paso shooting suspect apparently posted that called the attack that killed 22 people at a Walmart his response to a "Hispanic invasion of Texas."

Some extremism experts believe that may not be an accident. They say historical data suggests a link between heated rhetoric from top political leaders and ensuing reports of hate crimes, only adding to the fears of those who could be targeted.

In Depth: El Paso, with deep Mexican American past, rallies amid pain

Aug 7, 2019
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   EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The massacre that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso struck a city that has long been the cradle of Mexican American culture and immigration and suffered through bloody episodes of racial violence in the past.

New Mexico governor seeks changes in utility regulation

Aug 7, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is questioning recent decisions by a powerful regulatory commission as it weighs the pending closure of a major coal-fired power plant in a case that will test the state's new energy transition law.

The first-year governor says reforming the Public Regulation Commission is needed to ensure the success of the landmark legislation that sets more ambitious renewable energy goals and charts a course for shuttering the San Juan Generating Station.

Las Cruces rejects federal border security grant

Aug 7, 2019

  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has rejected a grant of more than $48,000 that supports cooperation between local law enforcement and federal agents on security efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited El Paso Wednesday afternoon to meet with first responders and survivors of Saturday’s mass shooting.

Those who greeted the president include Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and others.

Residents, however, turned out in force to protest the visit.

 

  Mayor Ken Miyagishima, Councillor Gabe Vasquez and the Las Cruces City Council were joined by Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and others at the Downtown Civic Plaza on Monday evening for an Expression of Solidarity with the People of El Paso. 

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U.S. Border Patrol Reopen Checkpoints In New Mexico

Aug 7, 2019

 

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints in New Mexico have reopened.

The Border Patrol announced Tuesday that the inland checkpoints that were closed earlier this year are back in operation.

Officials say a decrease in the number of migrants arriving at the border has allowed for agents to return to the posts. The surge in illegal crossings during the last few months had overwhelmed the system, requiring agents to be reassigned.

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Aug 7, 2019


In El Paso, emotions are still raw after a mass shooting at a Walmart left 22 people dead — many of them Mexican and Mexican-American.

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Aug 7, 2019


Some died trying to protect a loved one or newborn baby from a hail of bullets. Others were killed alongside their spouse as they made routine weekend purchases. Parents were slaughtered while doing back-to-school shopping.

Stories of self-sacrifice, heroism and devastating loss are emerging following the gun massacre on Saturday that killed at least 22 people who came from both sides of the border to a Walmart store in the predominantly Hispanic city of El Paso, Texas.

El Paso opens healing center as it prepares for Trump visit

Aug 6, 2019
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  EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso opened a grief center on Tuesday to help people cope with last weekend's mass shooting at a Walmart, in which 22 people, nearly all with Latino last names, were killed and many others were wounded.

El Paso massacre puts freshman Rep. Escobar in consoler role

Aug 6, 2019

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The document landed in Rep. Veronica Escobar's email just hours after a gunman killed 22 people in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart. It was a best-practices guide of sorts to a grim duty, titled "Shooting tragedy: Dealing with a crisis."

  The Border Network for Human Rights announced that more than 17,000 residents of El Paso, Southern New Mexico, Northern Chihuahua, and others from around the country have signed a letter asking President Trump not to visit El Paso "until he atones for his role in spreading xenophobic hatred of immigrants and promoting violent white supremacy."  Here is a statement from the Border Network for Human Rights:

The petition also called on the President to rescind policies that dehumanize and victimize asylum seekers, enact meaningful gun control, and seek forgiveness from this community before visiting.  A copy of the letter follows this statement.

“We posted the letter yesterday at around 4:30 pm and in 19 hours we had collected 17,000 responses from members of this community.  We’re floored by the response,” said BNHR Policy Director Robert Heyman.  “People in El Paso, in this region, and across this country know who has been fueling this hatred and violence that took the lives of 22 of our neighbors on Saturday.  It comes from a racist in the Oval Office,” said BNHR Executive Director Fernando Garcia. Garcia continued, “President Trump needs to take a long hard look at himself and he needs to change.  He needs to stop criminalizing and dehumanizing immigrants.  He needs to stop locking families in cages and laughing when his supporters talk about shooting them.  He needs to act to ensure we have commonsense gun controls like a ban on assault weapons or universal background checks.  And he needs to seek this community’s forgiveness for the pain and devastation he has caused.  Until then, the people of El Paso and the Borderland are saying loudly and clearly that ‘Trump is not welcome here!’”

 

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) says she's proud of the community's response following the El Paso mass shooting.  She also told KRWG News that the Senate should take up an expanded gun background check bill passed by the House. 

Udall: Time For Senate To Pass Gun Safety Measures

Aug 6, 2019
U.S. Senator Tom Udall D-NM

New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall is speaking out following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.  The Senator, who is leaving Congress in 2020, said the Senate should pass gun safety legislation, including universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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