January 18, 2017
Workers and Community Groups File Lawsuit Against Department of Workforce Solutions for Failing to Enforce State Wage & Hours Laws
SANTA FE - Today, New Mexicans whose legal rights were violated by the state Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) announced the filing of a lawsuit to remedy the DWS's failure to enforce our state's wage payment laws.
January 12, 2017
Immigrant Leaders from Across New Mexico Head to Washington D.C. to Join Rally Ahead of Inauguration, Showcase Local Sanctuary Policies that Defend Immigrants from Looming Trump Administration
SANTA FE - Today, a delegation of immigrant leaders from five New Mexico counties will travel to Washington D.C. to participate in a national rally to protect immigrants and refugees ahead of President-elect Trump's inauguration ceremony.
December 14, 2016
Dozens of Community Groups and Elected Officials Rally to Support Santa Fe's Sanctuary Status and Newly Proposed Ordinance Aimed at Strengthening Sanctuary Policies
SANTA FE - Today, dozens of community groups and local elected officials held a pro-sanctuary rally in front of City Hall to support immigrant families and Santa Fe's "sanctuary" status in the wake of the Trump election.
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November 21, 2016
Santa Fe Hotel Workers File Multiple Wage Theft Complaints With City Attorney; Workers Also Filed Retaliation Complaints with National Labor Relations Board
SANTA FE, NM--Today, three hotel workers will file wage theft complaints with the City of Santa Fe alleging that their employer violated the city's "living wage" ordinance by requiring them to work off the clock, manipulating their time sheets, and paying them less than $10.91. The three housekeepers work at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel.
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November 15, 2016
Statewide Groups Launch Informational Hotline Amid Inefficient Implementation of New Driver's License Law
Albuqureque--Today, civil rights, domestic violence and homeless rights advocates announced a new hotline that will be available for all New Mexicans to learn about their rights under the new two-tiered driver's license law amid its inefficient implementation by Governor Martinez’ administration.
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October 29, 2016
Governor's Administration Continues To Mislead Public About New Two-tiered Driver's License Law; Non-REAL-ID License To Be Made Available To Immigrants and U.S. Citizens
Santa Fe - On Friday, the Governor's administration issued an announcement in which it continued to mislead New Mexicans by mischaracterizing the new two-tiered driver's license law and the regulations proposed to implement it.
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October 18, 2016
Dozens of Advocates Speak Out Against Administration's New MVD Regulations; Toughest On New Mexico's Most Vulnerable Residents
Santa Fe, NM--Today, over 100 civil rights, domestic violence and homeless advocates spoke out against the administration's proposed driver's license law regulations during the first and only hearing in Santa Fe. Under the proposed regulations, the administration is adding unnecessary requirements for New Mexicans seeking a non-REAL ID license or identification card.
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October 14, 2016
Statewide Groups Condemn Administration's Plan To Unlawfully Implement New Driver's License Law Without Public Input; New MVD Regulations Harshest On New Mexico's Most Vulnerable Residents
Santa Fe, NM--Statewide civil rights groups, domestic violence and homeless advocates condemn a plan by the Governor's administration to unlawfully implement the state's new two-tiered driver's license law using proposed regulations that would harm New Mexico's most vulnerable residents without public comment, as required by law.
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September 16, 2016
Newly Released Data Shows 48% Spike in Citizenship Applications in New Mexico; Wave of First-time Voters Prepare for November Election
SANTA FE, NM--On Saturday, September 17th, Somos Un Pueblo Unido will celebrate Citizenship Day, part of a nationwide campaign to highlight the stories of immigrants who have recently become U.S. Citizens and plan to vote for the first time in the November election.
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September 6, 2016
Over 100 Dairy Workers, Faith and Community Leaders Gathered to Remember Portales Worker Killed At Local Dairy Farm; Pray For the Safety of All Workers
PORTALES, NM--Yesterday, over 100 dairy workers, their families and local faith leaders held a candlelight vigil to remember Luis Almader, a long-time resident of Portales and dairy worker who lost his life as a result of an accident at the J-Lu Dairy Farm. The vigil was held in front of the courthouse on Labor Day, a day when our community celebrates the contributions all workers make to our economy.
IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS GROUP RESPONDS TO SCOTUS RULING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTIONS
JUNE 23, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling in a 4-4 vote on President Obama's 2014 executive actions on immigration, ensuring such programs will be continue to be on hold until case moves forward.
THREE STATE LEGISLATORS SEEK TO JOIN LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW MEXICO TAXATION AND REVENUE DEPARTMENT
APRIL 12, 2016
SANTA FE, NM - Today, MALDEF and its co-counsel announced that three New Mexico state legislators have filed a request to join a lawsuit to block the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and Secretary Demesia Padilla (collectively, "TRD") from continuing to unlawfully withhold millions of dollars from immigrant taxpayers who use federal Individual Tax Identification Numbers ("ITINs") to file their returns.
MALDEF AND CO-COUNSEL SEEK INJUNCTION AGAINST NEW MEXICO TAXATION AND REVENUE DEPARTMENT
MARCH 31, 2016
State Must Stop Illegally Withholding Millions from Immigrant Taxpayers Who Use Individual Tax ID Numbers to File Returns While Lawsuits Move Forward
UNITED WORKER CENTER TO HOLD FORUM ON NEW DRIVER'S LICENSE LAW & SANTA FE LIVING WAGE INCREASE
MARCH 10, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Today, March 10th the United Workers' Center of New Mexico, a project of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, will hold a forum to inform residents of Santa Fe on the new driver's license law that was signed by the Governor. The new law keeps undocumented immigrant drivers licensed, safeguards current immigrant license holders from ever being fingerprinted, and gives New Mexicans a choice to opt out of getting a federal ID card.
STATEWIDE GROUPS RESPOND TO GOVERNOR SIGNING REAL ID COMPROMISE LAW ENSURES NEW MEXICANS WILL NOT BE FORCED TO GET A FEDERAL ID AND ALLOWS UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO OBTAIN NON-REAL ID LICENSES
MARCH 8, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--After a five-year unsuccessful push to take away licenses from immigrants families, Governor Martinez today signed into law a drastically amended version of HB99. HB99 is REAL ID compromise that keeps undocumented immigrant drivers licensed, safeguards current immigrant license holders from ever being fingerprinted, and gives New Mexicans a choice to opt out of getting a federal ID card.
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS ORGANIZATION RESPONDS TO HOUSE CONCURRENCE VOTE: REAL ID COMPROMISE REBUKES GOVERNOR'S 5-YEAR EFFORT TO REPEAL DLS
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--With dozens of immigrant workers and their U.S. Citizen children looking on from the gallery, a majority of House Republicans and Democrats voted to approve an amended version of HB99, a driver's license compromise that keeps undocumented immigrant drivers licensed and safeguards current license holders from ever being fingerprinted.
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANT ORGANIZATION RESPONDS TO DRIVER'S LICENSE COMPROMISE: GOVERNOR HAS LOST HER 5 YEAR WAR AGAINST IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Somos Statement Regarding Driver's License Compromise:
"The Governor has lost her 5 year war against New Mexico's immigrant families. Undocumented Immigrants will continue to drive legally in New Mexico long after she is out of office.
DOZENS OF VICTIMS RIGHTS & SERVICE AGENCIES FROM ACROSS NEW MEXICO CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT DL COMPROMISE WITHOUT FINGERPRINTING
FEBRUARY 11, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Over two dozen domestic violence and sexual assault service providers, and the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, announced their opposition to fingerprinting and background check requirements for immigrants applying for driving authorization cards.
STATEWIDE GROUPS CONDEMN VOTE BY NM HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO MOVE FORWARD PROPOSAL TO SINGLE OUT IMMIGRANTS WITH DISCRIMINATORY DRIVING PRIVILEGE CARDS NOT MANDATED BY REAL ID
JANUARY 27, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--With over 150 immigrant workers and their US Citizen children looking on from the gallery, all Republicans, along with Representatives Dona Irwin and Stephanie Garcia-Richard, in the NM House of Representatives voted to take away the drivers' licenses of over 90,000 New Mexicans, immigrant residents who live, work and pay taxes here, and force them to carry a discriminatory one-year driving privilege card marked with their immigration status. HB 99, was sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Paul Pacheco and backed by Governor Martinez.
IMMIGRANT DAY OF ACTION PROTEST MONDAY: HUNDREDS OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES, FAITH & CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS TO TRAVEL TO CAPITOL TO SUPPORT NON-DISCRIMINATORY REAL ID COMPROMISE
JANUARY 22, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Hundreds of immigrants and their children from more than fifteen counties in New Mexico will hold a demonstration in front of the Roundhouse on Monday, January 25th to protest the seventh attempt by the Governor and her anti-immigrant allies to use the Real ID Act to discriminate against immigrant families.
IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS GROUP RESPONDS TO HOUSE COMMITTEE VOTING TO MOVE FORWARD PROPOSAL TO SINGLE OUT IMMIGRANTS WITH DISCRIMINATORY DRIVING PRIVILEGE CARDS NOT MANDATED BY REAL ID
JANUARY 21, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, released the following statement in response to the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voting on party line (4-3) to move forward Republican Rep. Pacheco's discriminatory HB 99:
NEW POLL BY NATIONAL RESEARCH FIRM REVEALS MAJORITY OF NEW MEXICAN VOTERS FAVORS CHOICE ON REAL ID & SUPPORTS DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
JANUARY 18, 2016
SANTA FE, N.M.--On Monday, Latino Decisions, a leading national research and polling firm, released results from a new scientific poll revealing a majority of registered voters in New Mexico supports issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants and favors a bipartisan compromise proposal that was passed in the state Senate during the 2015 legislative session. That proposal would give eligible New Mexicans a choice in obtaining a REAL ID compliant license, while allowing undocumented immigrant drivers to apply for a non-discriminatory license that is not REAL ID compliant.
IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS GROUP RESPONDS TO HOUSE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL TO SINGLE OUT IMMIGRANTS WITH DISCRIMINATORY DRIVER'S PERMIT CARD NOT MANDATED BY REAL ID
JANUARY 11, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, released the following statement in response to Republican Representative Paul Pacheco introducing HB 99, a proposal that would unnecessarily take away drivers' licenses from thousands of New Mexico's immigrant families and force them to carry a discriminatory driver's permit:
STATEWIDE GROUPS CONDEMN PROPOSAL TO SINGLE OUT IMMIGRANTS WITH DISCRIMINATORY DRIVER'S PERMIT CARD NOT MANDATED BY REAL ID
JANUARY 7, 2016
SANTA FE, NM--Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, denounced recent announcements by Governor Martinez and her anti-immigrant allies in the House to introduce a proposal that would unnecessarily take away drivers' licenses from thousands of New Mexico's immigrant families and force them to carry a discriminatory driver's permit.
IMMIGRANT FAMILIES SPEAK OUT ON REAL ID DEBATE, CALL ON LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT NON-DISCRIMINATORY DRIVER'S LICENSE POLICY; PRAYER VIGILS TO BE HELD IN TEN COUNTIES
DECEMBER 14, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--Hundreds of immigrant families across New Mexico are speaking out this week in a series of vigils calling on legislators to pass a non-discriminatory driver's license policy that complies with the REAL ID Act.
FIRST MEXICAN AMERICAN U.S. POET LAUREATE JUAN FELIPE HERRERA TO HEADLINE IMMIGRANT CELEBRATION IN NEW MEXICO; POET TO PARTICIPATE IN SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
DECEMBER 4, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--Today and tomorrow, Somos Un Pueblo Unido will present the last of a series of events marking its 20 years of advancing civil and worker's rights in New Mexico. Newly appointed U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be the keynote speaker atSomos' 20th Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony on Friday, December 4th. He will then participate in a reading and conversation moderated by former Santa Fe Poet Laureate Valerie Martínez on Saturday, December 5th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
AMERICAN DREAMS/BORDER REALITIES FILM SERIES PREMIERS NEXT WEEK IN HONOR OF SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY; SERIES WITH GATHER PROMINENT BORDER FILM DIRECTORS AND WILL FEATURE THE STATEWIDE PREMIER OF THE FILM KINGDOM OF SHADOWS
OCTOBER 30, 2015
SANTA FE, NM - In honor of Somos Un Pueblo Unido's 20th anniversary, the Center for Contemporary Arts Cinematheque will host a border film series on Saturday, November 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
TOMORROW: GOVERNOR ANAYA AND GOVERNOR RICHARDSON TO HEADLINE TALK ON THE NEXT 20 YEARS OF IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS IN NM; PART OF SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS, MODERATED BY FORMER STATE HISTORIAN OF NEW MEXICO DR. RAEL-GÁLVES
OCTOBER 23, 2015
SANTA FE, NM- Somos Un Pueblo Unido will present the second of five events marking 20 years of advancing immigrant and worker rights in New Mexico this Saturday, October 24, 2015. This panel discussion will focus on the history and future of immigration rights in New Mexico.
SOMOS KICKS OFF 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT SERIES WITH PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF ENRIQUE'S JOURNEY SONIA NAZARIO
OCTOBER 8, 2015
SANTA FE, NM- On Thursday, Somos Un Pueblo Unido will be kicking off a series of events celebrating its 20 years of organizing for worker and civil rights in New Mexico. Pulitzer Prize- winning author of the best selling book Enrique's Journey, Sonia Nazario will be speaking at the New Mexico History Museum.
ESPAÑOLA CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO ADOPT NEW BIAS-BASED POLICING POLICY; BECOMES THE STATE'S NEWEST CITY TO PROHIBIT POLICE FROM INVESTIGATING IMMIGRATION STATUS
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--On Tuesday, October 27th, Española became New Mexico's latest city to prohibit local law enforcement officials from asking about a person's immigration status. The City Council voted unanimously to approve the new procedures as part of a broader bias-based policing policy.
SANTA FE WORKER AWARDED LOST WAGES FROM HORSEMAN'S HAVEN CAFÉ; NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD ORDERS MONETARY RESTITUTION AND POSTING OF NOTICE
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--On Thursday, a cook at Horseman's Haven Café, a local restaurant, was awarded his lost wages and returned to his regular schedule at work after filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for retaliation he experienced by his employer.
JUDGE RULES AGAINST NEW MEXICO TAXATION AND REVENUE DEPARTMENT: LAWSUIT FOR UNLAWFULLY WITHHOLDING MILLIONS FROM IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS MOVES FORWARD
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--On Wednesday, State District Court Judge David Thomson rejected a motion by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department ("NMTRD") and Secretary Demesia Padilla to dismiss a lawsuit for unlawfully withholding millions of dollars from New Mexico immigrant taxpayers using federal Individual Tax Identification Numbers ("ITINs") to file their tax returns.
THE NEW YORK TIMES PUTS NM'S ONLY WORKER CENTER IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
CENTER HAS HELPED WORKERS RECOVER OVER 1 MILLION IN STOLEN WAGES AND BACKPAY
SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--Today New Mexico made national news. The New York Times published an article highlighting the innovative work of the United Worker Center of New Mexico, a project of Somos Un Pueblo Unido.
WORKERS PROTEST LOCAL RESTAURANTS FOR NOT PAYING SANTA FE MINIMUM WAGE; WORKERS AT MAKI YAKI AND HORSEMAN’S HAVEN CLAIM OVER $150,000 IN UNPAID WAGES
JULY 17, 2015
SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers and their supporters protested in front of two local restaurants on Friday for not being paid the Santa Fe minimum wage.
SANTA FE CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ACTION; BACKS CITYWIDE INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE LOW-COST LEGAL SERVICES TO APPLICANTS
MAY 27, 2015
Santa Fe--The Santa Fe City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday night supporting President Obama's immigration executive action that would provide three-year work permits and relief from deportation to millions of undocumented immigrant families in the US.
IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS GROUP RESPONDS TO SENATE BREAKTHROUGH ON DRIVER'S LICENSE DEBATE
MARCH 20, 2015
Santa Fe--In a historic vote against the governor's anti immigrant agenda, the Senate voted 35 to 5 to keep immigrant families licensed and New Mexico's roads safe. Statewide immigrants' rights organization Somos Un Pueblo Unido released the following statement after the vote.
STATEWIDE GROUPS CONDEMN VOTE BY NM HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO REPEAL DECADES OLD DRIVER’S LICENSE LAW
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Santa Fe, NM--With over 250 immigrant workers and their US Citizen children looking on from the gallery, all Republicans, along with Representatives Dona Irwin and Stephanie Garcia-Richard, in the NM House of Representatives voted to take away the drivers' licenses of over 90,000 immigrant mothers, fathers, students, and workers throughout New Mexico and threaten the safety of our roads. HB 32, was sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Rep. Paul Pacheco and backed by Governor Martinez.
MALDEF AND CO-COUNSEL FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST NEW MEXICO TAXATION AND REVENUE DEPARTMENT; STATE ILLEGALLY WITHHOLDING MILLIONS FROM IMMIGRANT TAXPAYER WHO USE INDIVIDUAL TAX ID NUMBERS TO FILE RETURNS
FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Santa Fe, NM--MALDEF filed two lawsuits Thursday in state district court against the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and Secretary Demesia Padilla (collectively, "TRD") for unlawfully withholding millions of dollars from immigrant taxpayers using federal Individual Tax Identification Numbers ("ITINs") to file their tax returns. The law firm of Freedman, Boyd, Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A. and Somos Un Pueblo Unido are co-counsel in the case. Read More
OVER A THOUSAND PROTESTERS MARCH AGAINST REPUBLICANS’ DRIVER’S LICENSE REPEAL PROPOSAL
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Santa Fe, NM--Over a thousand immigrant workers and their children from throughout New Mexico marched to the Roundhouse on Monday to protest the sixth attempt by the Governor and her anti-immigrant allies to repeal the current law that requires undocumented immigrants to be licensed. Hundreds of New Mexican children carrying New Mexican flags led the march wearing bright yellow t-shirts that said "My my mother is an immigrant. Keep our parents licensed." Read More
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANT GROUP DENOUNCES TODAY’S VOTE BY REPUBLICANS TO TAKE AWAY LICENSES FROM IMMIGRANT FAMILIES; HUNDREDS TO PROTEST ON FEBRUARY 2ND
JANUARY 29, 2015
Santa Fe, NM--Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, denounced tonight's dangerous and shameful actions by Republican members of the House Safety and Civil Affairs to move forward two recycled proposals that would take drivers' licenses away from the immigrant parents of up to 100,000 children in New Mexico. Read More
NEW MEXICO IMMIGRANT GROUP CONDEMNS GOVERNOR’S SIXTH ATTEMPT TO REPEAL DRIVER’S LICENSE LAW; PROPOSAL WILL MAKE FAMILIES LESS SAFE AND HURT THOUSANDS OF NEW MEXICO CHILDREN
JANUARY 20, 2015
Santa Fe, NM—The following is a statement from Somos Un Pueblo Unido regarding the Governor's sixth introduction of a proposal to take away driver's licenses from immigrant residents of New Mexico: Read More
STATEWIDE EFFORT TO REACH RURAL IMMIGRANTS ELIGIBLE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RELIEF LAUNCHED THIS WEEK
JANUARY 9, 2015
Santa Fe, NM--As Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives continue their efforts to stymie President Obama's executive actions on immigration in Washington, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, is going full steam ahead with a series of forums to reach rural and semi-urban immigrants with information about the President's Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA) program. Read More
IMMIGRANT FAMILIES FROM NEW MEXICO'S STATEWIDE IMMIGRANT'S RIGHTS ORGANIZATION REACT TO PRESIDENT'S DEFERRED ACTION ANNOUNCEMENT
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
Santa Fe, NM--Yesterday, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) program that could potentially provide relief from deportation as well as work authorization to five million immigrants in the United States. After the announcement, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexico's statewide immigrant's rights organization, as well as potential beneficiaries from several counties in New Mexico, responded to the program. Read More
AS PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION, IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO PROTEST CHILD INCARCERATION & FAMILY DETENTION
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
Artesia, NM—While President Obama was announcing his plan to extend administrative relief to 5 million undocumented immigrants, over 80 immigrant activists, immigration attorneys, teachers, and faith leaders participated in a candlelight vigil outside the Artesia family detention center to call on the President and Congressional leaders to stop jailing immigrant children and families. Read More
IMMIGRANTS & CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP SUE JAIL FOR ILLEGALLY DETAINING SAN JUAN COUNTY RESIDENTS ON ICE HOLDS
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
FARMINGTON, NM--Three Farmington residents and civil rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido filed a class action lawsuit against the San Juan County Commission and Sheriff Ken Cristesen on Wednesday morning for violations of civil and constitutional rights. Plaintiffs, represented by the New Mexico-based Rothstein Law Firm, include longtime residents of Farmington who were detained at the San Juan County Detention Facility solely based on ICE Detainers, not criminal charges. Read More
IMMIGRANT GROUP LAUDS NEW JAIL POLICY IN RIO ARRIBA
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
ESPAÑOLA, NM—Today, the Rio Arriba County Commission voted unanimously to implement a new jail policy that would disregard ICE detainer requests and end communication with ICE regarding inmates’ immigration status. Somos Española, an affiliate of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, launched a campaign one year ago to decrease deportations and challenge collaboration between the Tierra Amarilla jail and ICE that has resulted in dozens of deportations of local immigrant residents. Read More
IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN FARMINGTON PROTEST DEPORTATIONS & SEPARATION OF FAMILIES; CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP SUBMITS COMLAINTS AGAINST ICE & LOCAL POLICE
AUGUST 29, 2014
FARMINGTON, NM--Yesterday, over a hundred immigrant families staged a protest during rush hour traffic on Main Street demanding an end to collaboration between local area law enforcement and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). The protest, organized by United Families for Justice (an affiliate of Somos Un Pueblo Unido), coincided with a national day of action sponsored by immigrants' rights organizations in twenty states across the country. Read More
WAGE THEFT VICTIMS PROTEST DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS; DEPARTMENT REFUSES TO ENFORCE NM MINIMUM WAGE ACT, HUNDREDS OF WORKERS TURNED AWAY
AUGUST 20, 2014
SANTA FE, NM--Dozens of workers who are owed thousands of dollars in wages by local employers held a protest today in front of the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) angry that they were were not allowed to file administrative wage claims. The action, organized by members of the United Worker Center of New Mexico (UWC), was prompted by policies enacted by DWS's Labor Director that have made it increasingly difficult for wage theft victims to recuperate stolen wages. Read More
HUNDREDS MARCH IN ARTESIA TO SUPPORT MIGRANT CHILDREN & FAMILIES; IMMIGRANTS, CHURCHES, ALLIES RALLY AGAINST MASS DETENTION AND DEPORTATION OF IMMIGRANTS
AUGUST 17, 2014
ARTESIA, NM--Today, over 300 New Mexicans marched and prayed in front of the FLETCE makeshift detention center in support of the migrant women and children incarcerated there by the federal government. Immigrant families and supporters rallied at the Martin Luther King Park before leading a procession to the facility where they prayed and sang songs and called upon elected officials to stop the mass detention and deportation of all immigrants. As protestors chanted outside of the center’s dormitories, detainees could be seen and heard chanting and singing in response. Read More
RESTAURANT WORKERS PROTEST RETALIATORY FIRINGS AT POSA’S IN SANTA FE
JULY 24, 2014
SANTA FE--Today, workers from Posa's Restaurant held a demonstration in front of the business and filed a formal complaint with the NLRB claiming that they were fired in retaliation for organizing and filing wage claims with the US Department of Labor.
Posa's workers holding signs that said "Stop Stealing our Wages " and "Pay Us. Don't Fire Us!" were joined by dozens of members from Somos Un Pueblo Unido's United Worker Center of New Mexico, the Westminster Presbyterian Church, NM DIA, and Hospital Worker's Union 1199. Read More
IMMIGRANT ACTIVISTS TO PEARCE: "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. WE WILL NOT BE FOOLED"
JUNE 4, 2014
ROSWELL, NM-- Over fifty immigrant families, activists, and allies staged a protest today at Congressman Pearce's Roswell office, an action that coincides with a series of protests targeting 27 other House Republicans across the country. Protesters rallied with a unified message: the future of the Republican party hinges on its ability to ignore extremist anti-immigrant views and get a workable immigration reform done this year.
HOUSEKEEPERS AT LOS ALAMOS HOTEL WIN
REINSTATEMENT AND BACK PAY IN LABOR DISPUTE
April 1, 2014
LOS ALAMOS--A group of four housekeepers who were retaliated against and terminated for trying to improve working conditions at the Los Alamos Holiday Inn Express won reinstatement and back pay this week as a result of a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). To see the settlement agreement approved by the NLRB. Read More
IMMIGRATION REFORM ACTIONS TARGET CONGRESSMAN PEARCE
March 17, 2014
SANTA FE - Somos Un Pueblo Unido is organizing three actions in Congressman Pearce's district as part of a National Week of Action for Immigration Reform.
While New Mexico ranks last on most statistical measures of economic and social prosperity, the state ranks first in deportations. According to data issued by TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse), an independent research group out of the University of Syracuse, 88% of immigrants detained in New Mexico are "removed," meaning they were formally deported and barred from returning to the US for years. The national average is 66%. Read More
IMMIGRANT FAMILIES PROTEST GOVERNOR’S FIFTH ATTEMPT TO
TAKE AWAY THEIR DRIVERS’ LICENSES
January 29, 2014
SANTA FE—Over 350 immigrant families from twelve counties descended on the Capitol Wednesday to tell the Governor and her anti-immigrant allies to stop wasting time on drivers’ licenses and start focusing on the issues that matter to New Mexicans—jobs, education, and the economy. Read More
NEW MEXICO IMMIGRANT GROUP CONDEMNS GOVERNOR’S FIFTH
ATTEMPT TO REPEAL LICENSES DURING BUDGET SESSION
January 21, 2014
Santa Fe, NM—The following is a statement from Somos Un Pueblo Unido regarding the Governor’s fifth introduction of a proposal to take away driver’s licenses from immigrants who live and work in New Mexico:
“The verdict is in. Requiring undocumented immigrant drivers to be licensed, registered and insured is good public policy. That’s why in 2013, eights states and Washington DC passed laws similar to New Mexico’s with strong support from Democrats, Republicans and law enforcement agencies. And many more states are slated to vote on driver’s license legislation in 2014. Read More
THANKSGIVING DINNER NOT THE SAME WITHOUT IMMIGRANT LABOR
IMMIGRANTS CHALLANGE CONGRESSMAN PEARCE
AT BOOK EVENT IN LOVINGTON
November 26, 2013
Lovington, NM--On Tuesday, over 100 immigrant workers gathered with their families outside the Lea County Museum for a mock Thanksgiving dinner to protest Congressman Steve Pearce's refusal to support immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Pearce, who was in town promoting his new book, "Just Fly the Plane, Stupid," was confronted by protestors holding signs that said "We picked your food," "We milked the cows," and "We are as American as your family." Read More
CARAVAN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM RALLIES
HUNDREDS IN HOBBS
October 6, 2013
Hobbs—Over 700 immigrant families and supporters from across New Mexico rallied for fair immigration reform on Sunday as part of the National Day of Action for Dignity and Respect. The participants joined the "On the Road to Citizenship" caravan, boarding buses, vans and cars as part of a dramatic statewide action. After parading down Main Street, the riders disembarked in front of the Lea County Republican Party Headquarters where they gathered to send Congressman Steve Pearce a clear message: Our dignity is non-negotiable. We need immigration reform with a path to citizenship now. Read More
ON THE ROAD TO CITIZENSHIP
STATEWIDE CARAVAN DESCENDS ON PEARCE'S HOMETOWN
October 4, 2013
SANTA FE - In the grand tradition of the Freedom Riders of the 1960's, immigrant families, faith leaders, and allies from across the state are hitting the road on a caravan to Hobbs, Congressman Steve Pearce's hometown, for a large-scale demonstration on October 6th. The caravan, organized by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, caps unprecedented protest marches, prayer rallies, and town hall meetings that occurred in Pearce's district over the summer contesting Congressman's refusal to support a path to citizenship for immigrant families. Read More
HISPANIC AND IMMIGRANT BUSINESS OWNERS
CONFRONT CONGRESSMAN PEARCE
September 9, 2013
BELEN---Fifty Hispanic and immigrant business owners joined together to challenge Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday evening on his refusal to support immigration reform with a path to citizenship. The group, which also included immigrant families who are members of Somos Veguita, an affiliate of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, met with Pearce to discuss immigration reform and press him on his refusal to support a path to citizenship. . Read More
UNM STUDY: EMPLOYERS STEAL WAGES FROM 1 IN 4 MEXICAN IMMIGRANT WORKERS
August 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE--New Mexico employers steal wages from at least one in four Mexican immigrant workers, according to a new study released on Thursday by Somos Un Pueblo Unido and UNM Professor of Political Science and Sociology Andrew Schrank. The study Mexican Immigrants and Wage Theft in New Mexico, conducted by Dr. Schrank and doctoral student Jessica Garrick from UNM's Department of Sociology, documents the impact of wage theft and other workplace abuses on immigrant workers who live in New Mexico. To download report, Read More
FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY INJUNCTION AGAINST SANTA FE TORTILLA COMPANY
ORDERS IMMEDIATE REINSTATEMENT OF WORKERS FIRED FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT HARASSMENT AND SAFETY PROBLEMS
August 14, 2013
SANTA FE--Today, two workers fired from the Santa Fe Tortilla Company (SFTC) are back at work after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction against the employer and ordered the workers' immediate re-instatement. In a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), US District Judge Robert C. Brack found last week that there was reasonable cause to believe that Yolanda Galiviz and Delfina Bruno were fired because they organized for better working conditions, an activity protected under the National Labor Relations Act, and that their termination led to intimidation of other employees, Read More
FAMILIES & COMMUNITY LEADERS IN LEA COUNTY
RALLY FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM
MESSAGE TO PEARCE: THE TIME IS NOW
August 14, 2013
HOBBS--Today, faith and community leaders joined over 300 hundred immigrant workers and their families at a march and prayer rally in Hobbs calling on Congressman Steve Pearce and Republican leaders to move forward a fair and comprehensive immigration reform in the US House of Representatives. Demonstrators marched over two miles in the pouring rain to the Republican Party headquarters with a clear message: the time is now to move bipartisan legislation forward that provides a path to citizenship for the thousands of immigrants who are a part of New Mexico and essential to key industries in the state.