Report: TrumpCare raises NM premiums $2,521 (unless you are rich), Pearce’s constituents most likely to lose health care

New Mexico health insurance premiums are expected to rise an average of $2,521 – unless you make twice the state’s per-capita income, in which case you get a refund. Although Republicans in Congress rush to repeal Obamacare and replace it with TrumpCare before the analysis is complete, some data is already available.  Two new reports released this week show the impact on the average American (and New Mexican). If you’re a millionaire, the AHCA gives you $50K. If you’re poor, it costs you $1,420
“The typical family making less than $10,000 will lose $1,420 if the Republican health care plan passes, a cut that amounts to almost one-third of their income.

[Watch] Ben Ray Lujan: we’ll stay here “as long as it takes”

New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan took center stage this week in the effort to stop the repeal of Obamacare as he endured almost 30 hours of marathon Congressional hearings set by House Republicans. Some time after hour 27, Cong. Lujan took to Facebook to remind Americans that Democrats held 79 different bi-partisan hearings on the components of Obamacare before voting on the bill. Paul Ryan and Republicans have promised to pass their bill in just two weeks and set up two committee hearings stacked with solid conservative votes to pass it quickly. Lujan sits on one of those committees – the House Energy & Commerce Committee – where Democrats noted that Republicans moved forward to pass their bill without a fiscal assessment and against the objections of the AARP, a cohort of hospitals and health care providers and a growing group of Republican Congresspersons.

[Watch Video] ICE raids come to New Mexico; Protestors block streets in response

In response to reports of at least two local ICE raids Wednesday morning, Doña Ana County residents rallied at the Federal Courthouse in Las Cruces.  Immigration community advocates reported that persons arrested in the raid included at least one person who had no criminal record, contradicting the Trump administration’s ICE reports that they are only focussing on arresting previously convicted felons. Word of the ICE actions spread quickly through the tightly connected progressive community via texts and social media. After a brief rally the Federal Courthouse, participants – including ProgressNowNM’s local manager Lucas Herndon – marched to the city’s busiest intersection at the height of rush hour and shut it down with protests in the streets and supporters chanting on the sidewalks. ICE actions take place in Las Cruces, Chaparral | NM Political Report
BREAKING: Immigration raids in Las Cruces Wednesday morning – KVIA

ProgressNow’s Lucas Herndon provided video of the protest as police arrived.

After questioning ICE raids, ICE cancels meeting with Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Hispanic Caucus

New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan Grisham made the rounds on national TV Monday ahead of a planned meeting to discuss new immigration raids with the acting director of ICE – until he cancelled. KOAT-TV reported this from the Associated Press:
An ICE spokesperson confirmed agents arrested 680 undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas and New York. In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations have been happening for years, but added that the agency is clear on its mission from President Donald Trump to remove undocumented immigrants who pose a public safety threat. ICE officials said 75 percent of those deported in the past two weeks were criminals. Lujan-Grisham addressed the deportations Monday in an interview with ABC News.

Udall to vote against Trump’s HHS nominee (the architect of the Obamacare repeal)

New Mexico’s Senators are making their opposition to President Trump’s most extreme nominees known. Today, Sen. Udall announced his opposition to Trump’s nominee to head the Dept. of Health and Human Services who will be the chief architect of the repeal of Obamacare. Read More:
ProgressNowNM’s coverage of Trump’s nominees and Sen. Heinrich & Udall
NM Political Report: How New Mexico’s U.S. Senators voted on Trump’s nominees

From Udall:

Udall to Vote Against Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that he will vote against confirming Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Udall released the following statement:

“During his long career in Congress and in his testimony before the Senate, Congressman Tom Price has been relentlessly committed to a radical agenda that would strip health coverage from hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans and millions of Americans.

After canceling Trump meeting, Mexican president gets new invite to speak in US (to NM legislature)

Just a week after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with President Trump and blasted Trump’s plan to build a wall and impose new tariffs on Mexico, the Mexican president received a new invitation to speak in the US: from the New Mexico state legislature. “We invite you to speak at the New Mexico House of Representatives about our common bonds, cultures and benefits of a shared future together,” State Representatives Bill McCamley (Las Cruces), Angelica Rubio (Las Cruces) and Javier Martinez (Albuquerque) wrote.  All three are Democrats. You can read the full text of the letter here:

After canceling his visit to Washington, President Peña Nieto fired back against Trump using Trump’s favorite outlet: Twitter. Un mensaje para todos los mexicanos: pic.twitter.com/EFcNh7fQtm
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017

State, local leaders issue public letter to US Senate opposing Trump’s Pruitt for EPA

More than 50 state and local elected officials signed an open letter to New Mexico’s US Senators and Congressional delegation urging them to publicly oppose President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Scroll down to join these leaders in opposing Pruitt for EPA administrator. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt sued the EPA at least 14 times to oppose clean air and water rules.  Mr. Pruitt also allowed Republican donors and oil industry executives to write his office’s climate change policies and official policy statement letters opposing climate change and EPA rules. The full Senate is expected to take up his nomination in the coming weeks.