The Village of Corrales is set to become the next community to pass an immigrant-friendly resolution; but, a conservative majority of the Council and Mayor could post a significant obstacle if they vote with along national partisan lines and against their community and village economy.
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More than 300 cities and municipalities across the country – including New Mexico cities of Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe – have passed their own resolutions protecting immigrants and prohibiting local resources from supporting deportation actions.
The Corrales resolution comes after a community committee sought to understand the impact immigrants and refugees have on the centuries-old village.
Committee findings indicate, 25% of the Corrales population is involved in agriculture and the Village has a vibrant and growing agricultural economy–Wagner Farms, Valencia Farm, Arca Organics, Silverleaf Family Farm, Trees of Corrales, and numerous vineyards and wineries to name just a few—all of which rely heavily on manual labor from outside the community. Corrales has developed into a community where many have come to find work and a better standard of living. Research on the demographic makeup of the Village can be seen below:
Corrales has developed into a community where many have come to find work and a better standard of living. Research on the demographic makeup of the Village can be seen below:
Again, in research obtained from the committee currently proposing this resolution, points out some important questions, while providing answers to them, for this in the Village, and for those interested in the issue who live outside of the Village.
Some Questions Include:
Will the proposed resolution prevent Village police officers from doing their jobs? Quite the contrary. By assuring all immigrants in our community (authorized and unauthorized) that they will not be questioned about their immigration status it will encourage victims of crimes to come forward. This is why police departments across the country have supported such policies.
Does the proposed resolution defy the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency? No. ICE has an important job to do and the Resolution respects that but it also presents the distinction between the federal role in immigration enforcement and the Village Council’s role to serve the needs of our community.
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The Corrales Village committee studying immigration impact includes some well-known names:
- Greg Polk, Mary Ellen Capek, Sandi Hoover, Marg Elliston (Chair, Sandoval County Democratic Party), Fred Harris (Former United States Senator), Taudy Miller, Eleanor Bravo, Theresa Trujeque, Rebecca Black, Paul & Laura Stokes (known to many for their work withProgressive Democrats of NM & the League of Women Voters), Danielle Allen and Rachel Hillier