Federal and State

Why We need the “Wall” on our southern border

2-20-2019  The crisis is real. Pretending it doesn’t exist is an insult to those who face its consequences every day. “January saw a surprising surge of 22,000 more apprehensions of illegal immigrants at southwest border crossings over January 2018, prompting a key predictor to suggest that border officers will make over 600,000 apprehensions this year,” Paul Bedard reports for the Washington Examiner.
Politicians and the media
should listen to our experts in law enforcement. The lack of physical infrastructure at our southern border is continuously being exploited for illegal purposes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials explain. To their point, take a look at a string of recent arrests along our border:

Behind the numbers are real stories of suffering. When America can’t vet who crosses its border, our citizens, including legal immigrants, suffer. On Friday, one such “angel mom”—a legal immigrant whose only son was killed by someone here illegally—told CNN’s Jim Acosta something that every American should agree with: “We need to protect this country.”

Her son’s death was preventable. Our leaders had the power to stop it, and they chose not to. For years, Washington put political convenience over real national security.

25 MS-13 Gang Members Deported from Migrant Caravan in Mexico, Officials Say

“At least 25 people affiliated with the MS-13 gang were deported from Mexico after they were revealed to be concealed within the caravan of 1,600 Central American migrants just across the U.S. border, immigration officials said Tuesday,” Jacqui Heinrich and Travis Fedschun report for Fox News.

“The caravan first arrived in Piedras Negras, Mexico, two weeks ago across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, when officials from the Instituto Nacional de Migración identified 10 gang members from Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. But after warehouse scuffles with police last week, officials discovered and deported 15 additional MS-13 ‘agitators,’ INM Media Deputy Director Aline Juarez told Fox News.”

U.S. Congress

Democrats in the Senate are weaponizing the confirmation process for Presidential nominees which handicaps the President in performance of executive branch duties.  The following excerpts are from an article in the Daily Signal explaining the issue:
“Of the 642 key government posts that require confirmation, the Senate so far has confirmed 277 during Trump’s 14 months in office, according to data from the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service.   Another 146 nominees still await confirmation, according to the partnership, which also notes that Trump has made no nomination for 216 positions.”
Many of the stalled nominees have cleared a committee vote, which in the past typically meant a speedy vote on the Senate floor, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said in pointing to obstruction by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
“Sen. Schumer is essentially weaponizing a Senate procedure and demanding cloture votes on our nominees that he even eventually supports,” Short told reporters during a press briefing last week.
“Eleven of the president’s nominees have been approved without a single dissenting vote,” he said, “yet still forced to go through a 30 hours of debate to essentially slow down the Senate calendar simply for the purpose of obstruction.”
See March 22, 2018 article entitled,  “Here Are 6 of the 146 Key Trump Nominees Stalled by Senate Democrats” in the Daily Signal found at:  https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/03/22/here-are-6-of-the-146-trump-nominees-stalled-by-senate-democrats/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0RnM1pUYzRNemxpTjJJMiIsInQiOiJDWWl4cVlsTk5OQTVWa2FCRE5yTm5nRTJscUpVekp1S1wvOFN1TnF1NG9Vc3NqXC81b1wvN1l3WWJsZnZ2NGEzWFdsb2I0VkpJQmo3bitWNjZnOFBsVnRiTUZlTzMxSXBCc1V0NFhSYTFIOGNweXhjTm1FSzRuRnVMNXVYME84WXJBaiJ9

New Mexico State Legislature

The 2018 thirty-day session was completed on February 15, 2018.  See New Mexico State Legislature:  What You Need to Know page for more information.

To visit the NM Legislative web site, go to:  www.nmlegis.gov

New Mexico Governor Martinez

Governor Susana Martinez Appoints Judge Gary L. Clingman to the New Mexico Supreme Court

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez appointed Fifth Judicial District Judge Gary L. Clingman to the New Mexico Supreme Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Edward L. Chavez. Judge Clingman brings over 30 years of legal experience, including more than 20 years as on the bench as a district judge, to the Supreme Court.

“Judge Clingman has always demonstrated wisdom and integrity during his service in New Mexico,” said Governor Martinez. “I am proud to appoint him to the highest court in our state so he can continue to devote his career to standing for justice and upholding the law for the people of New Mexico.”

Clingman has served as a New Mexico district judge in the Fifth District since 1997, serving as chief judge from 2006-2013. During his time on the bench, Judge Clingman gained extensive experience in criminal, children’s court and domestic relations law. A former law enforcement officer, Judge Clingman also served his community as president of the Hobbs Boys and Girls Club.

Prior to serving as a District Court Judge, Clingman spent 12 years as an attorney in Hobbs working for a private firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in law enforcement from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a Master of Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada and a Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University.