This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Russell Contreras sits down with Simón Romero, a national correspondent for The New York Times now closely following the migrant surge along the U.S.-Mexico border. They discuss the changing landscape of Latin American politics and the Latino legacy in the Southwest.

On this month’s installment of Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus visits with engineers from the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, or AMAFCA. Formed to protect neighborhoods from flooding, AMAFCA’s vision of storm water management has changed over the decades, and the agency is now focused on slowing -- and cleaning -- storm water before it reaches the Rio Grande.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the swell of student protestors getting involved in walkouts to influence climate policy and NRA funding in schools. The panel also discusses the Albuquerque City Council’s approval of $250,000 to aid asylum seekers, as well as the city’s push for increased community policing along Route 66.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.

Studio Guest

  • Simón Romero, national correspondent, The New York Times


  • Russell Contreras
  • Laura Paskus

Line Panelists

  • Michael Bird, public health consultant
  • Dan Foley, former state representative
  • Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
  • Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm, Inc.


  • Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and arts issues, and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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