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Let's Talk Race And Immigration In New Mexico

Marisa Demarco / KUNM
Yazmin Irazoqui-Ruiz leads the crowd in chants during a demonstration in support of DACA recipients on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at UNM.

Let's Talk New Mexico 2/1 8a. Call 277-5866. Division over immigration policy shut down the federal government for three days. And in his State of the Union address this week, President Trump compared immigrants to criminal gangs and terrorists and again called for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. We’ll look closely at issues of race and Latino and Hispanic identity in New Mexico and how they inform policy and political rhetoric on immigration at the local and national levels.

During his first year in office, hate crimes have increased around the country. And the president is known for saying or tweeting offensive things about communities of color in the U.S. and around the world.

Do you think the President’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has increased prejudice and racism in New Mexico? Is there something about our state’s unique history that gives us a special perspective on immigration, race and identity? Call in live during the show or tweet using #LetsTalkNM. 


Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.