While the ultimate fate of President Trump’s travel ban remains in limbo, most of New Mexico has come out vocally against it.
When the ban first went into effect, New Mexico Democrat U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich took aim at the President in his address to a joint session of New Mexico’s Legislature criticizing the President’s actions as an effort to change American values.
Sen. Heinrich spoke about how his father came to America as boy from Nazi Germany in the 1930s, even implying that his life would be starkly different had his father been turned away.
Despite a federal judge’s emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to the travel ban, there still remains much confusion on who can travel, to where, and when.
New Mexico State University’s Chancellor Garrey Carruthers had told students and faculty that the school is asking those from the targeted countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia) not to leave the United States because they may not be able to return.
The University of New Mexico’s Global Education Office also issued a similar advisory, stating “Citizens of those 7 countries who wish to return to the US should not plan to travel abroad at this time.”
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has joined 15 other Attorney Generals in opposition to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
In a recent statement, Balderas and the other attorneys general condemned Trump’s executive order as unconstitutional and un-American. He assured that the group of AGs would work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution and protect religious liberty.
Balderas says the AGs are confident Trump’s order will ultimately be struck down by the courts.
Speaking volumes to New Mexico’s position, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has seen a notable increase in donations since President Trump’s inauguration – nearly three times the amount of donations that came in during the same period last year in fact.
Micah McCoy of the ACLU of New Mexico said, “it’s been inspiring to see how people have come together to stand up for not only Constitutional rights, but the fundamental principles and values we all share as Americans.”
As for New Mexico’s lone Republican, Congressman Steve Pearce, he said President Donald Trump’s travel ban on the seven Muslim-majority countries was “poorly executed.”
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