January 29, 2018
GROUPS SUE MVD FOR DENYING NON-REAL ID LICENSES & ID CARDS TO ELIGIBLE NEW MEXICANS
SANTA FE, NM - Today, civil rights groups and homeless advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) and the Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) on behalf of New Mexicans who were illegally denied Driver's Authorizations Cards (DACs) and non-REAL ID identification cards, charging that the state has failed to fully and correctly implement its two-tiered driver's license law.
December 21, 2017
GALLUP WORKERS FIRST TO FILE WAGE THEFT COMPLAINTS AFTER SETTLEMENT REACHED IN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
GALLUP, NM - On Thursday, three health care workers filed wage theft complaints with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) collectively claiming thousands in unpaid wages. The complaints are among the first to be filed in the state after a settlement agreement with DWS was announced that ensures the agency will carry out its duty to enforce New Mexico's strong anti-wage theft laws.
December 20, 2017
SETTLEMENT IN LAWSUIT AGAINST DWS ENSURES ENFORCEMENT OF NEW MEXICO WAGE PAYMENT LAWS
PLAINTIFFS CLAIM AGREEMENT IS A VICTORY FOR WAGE THEFT VICTIMS
SANTA FE , NM - Today, workers and workers' rights organizations announced a settlement agreement with the Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) that ensures state government will carry out its duty to enforce New Mexico's strong anti-wage theft laws and hold employers accountable when they violate these laws. The workers and DWS filed a joint motion Tuesday evening in the First Judicial District Court asking Judge Thomson to approve the class action settlement agreement.
November 2, 2017
JUDGE RULES AGAINST SANTA FE BUSINESS ACCUSED OF VIOLATING CITY'S MINIMUM WAGE ORDINANCE AND STATE OVERTIME RULES; DISMISSES COUNTERCLAIM AGAINST WORKERS & ALLOWS CASE AGAINST MANAGER TO MOVE FORWARD
Santa Fe, NM-Late Wednesday afternoon, N.M. District Court Judge David K. Thomson dismissed a counterclaim filed by Horseman's Haven Café against three workers who are currently suing the restaurant for not paying the City of Santa Fe's minimum wage and overtime pay required by state law. The counterclaim, rejected by the judge, alleged that the workers maliciously abused the legal process available to them when they submitted wage theft complaints to the City of Santa Fe in 2015.
September 5, 2017
NEW MEXICO IMMIGRANT’S RIGHTS GROUP REACTS TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO END DACA
SANTA FE, NM - Earlier today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump's decision to effectively end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, fulfilling a campaign promise and creating widespread emotional and financial uncertainty across the country.
August 11, 2017
FEDERAL JUDGE GRANTS FINAL APPROVAL FOR CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT BARRING SAN JUAN COUNTY FROM HONORING ICE IMMIGRATION DETAINERS
Albuquerque, NM--On Thursday, as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his attempt to coerce local jurisdictions across the country, including Bernalillo County, into enforcing federal immigration law, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted final approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners.
July 26, 2017
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANT GROUP DECRIES ICE OPERATION AT TRAFFIC ROADBLOCKS IN EASTERN NEW MEXICO
CLOVIS, NM--On the heels of a new wave of deportation raids in eastern New Mexico that terrorized many immigrant families last week, federal immigration agents joined the New Mexico State Police today at a driver's license and insurance checkpoint on U.S. Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales.
July 20, 2017
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS ORGANIZATION CONDEMNS NEW WAVE OF ICE RAIDS IN SOUTHEASTERN NEW MEXICO
CLOVIS, NM: This week, as House Republicans advanced a budget proposal that includes billions in new immigration enforcement funding and deep cuts to crucial government services, federal immigration agents launched a new wave of deportation raids in Clovis, New Mexico, detaining long-time residents and disrupting the lives of countless families
June 29, 2017
STATEWIDE IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS GROUP REACTS TO HOUSE VOTE ON TWO ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLSD
Santa Fe - On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted largely on party lines to approve two anti-immigrant proposals, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and Kate's Law (H.R. 3004).
May 1, 2017
DOZENS RALLY TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANT AND WORKERS' RIGHTS; RELEASE REPORT ON IMPACT OF WAGE THEFT ON NATIVE AMERICAN AND LATINO IMMIGRANT WORKERS IN GALLUP
Gallup, NM- Today, dozens of workers and their families held a rally and vigil in support of immigrants and working families as part of a national day of action and International Workers Day.
April 28, 2017
LAWSUIT ALLEGING N.M. DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS FAILS TO ENFORCE WAGE PROTECTION LAWS GOES FORWARD
SANTA FE - Today, New Mexico's First Judicial Court ruled that a lawsuit charging that Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) must enforce state laws protecting working people against wage theft from their employers can go forward. Today's ruling denies DWS's request to dismiss the lawsuit. The individuals and groups who filed the case will request a final ruling from the court this summer.
March 22, 2017
COURT APPROVES CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT BARRING SAN JUAN COUNTY JAIL FROM HONORING ICE IMMIGRATION DETAINERS
Albuquerque--On Friday, United States District Court Judge William P. Johnson granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement barring the San Juan County Detention Center from honoring ICE Immigration Detainers, in the case of Susana Palacios-Valencia and Somos un Pueblo Unido v. San Juan County Board of Commissioners, Case 1:14-cv-1050-WJ-KBM.
February 11, 2017
National and local legal organizations endorse santa fe resolution that strengthens policies for immigrants
SANTA FE, NM-On Saturday, Somos Un Pueblo Unido announced several key endorsements from national and local legal organizations for a proposed city council resolution that reaffirms Santa Fe's non-discrimination policies towards immigrants and creates a broad confidentiality policy to protect the sensitive personal information of all its residents.
February 6, 2017
Hundreds rally at state capitol against trump's immigration executive orders; push for joint memorial urging legislature and congress to do the same
SANTA FE, NM--On Monday, hundreds of immigrant families, labor, faith and civil rights leaders, and elected officials held a rally at the Roundhouse to speak out against President Trump's dangerous executive orders on immigration and their potentially damaging impact on New Mexico.
Emmanuelle “Neza” Leal-Sánchez