This week on New Mexico in Focus, host Gene Grant sits down with school safety leaders to take a hard look at the local response to threats on social media against schools in New Mexico and discuss what new investments are being considered to ensure students are safe.

There’s a great deal of uncertainty right now about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Congress has debated, but not passed, proposals on this issue since 2007, and recent actions taken by President Trump and the lack of inaction by Congress has escalated the concern. Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with a local attorney and advocate to discuss the latest news on DACA and what this uncertainty means for some immigrant families in New Mexico.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the role of affordable housing in New Mexico’s economy and examine the discord surrounding regents of the state’s two largest universities.  They also debate the New Mexico Gang Task Force’s choice of a controversial keynote speaker. 

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.

Studio Guests
Adriel Orozco, attorney, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center
Karla Molinar-Arvizo, communications and advocacy fellow, NM Dream Team
Rob DeBuck, APD resource officer, Highland High School
Paul Feist, former police officer and co-founder of the Soteria Group
Michael Baker, chief operations officer, Rio Rancho Public Schools

Line Panelists
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director, ProgressNow New Mexico
Stephen Spitz, host, New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM, 89.9 FM

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

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

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided in part by the McCune Charitable Foundation.

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