This week on New Mexico in Focus, Senior Producer Lou DiVizio speaks with two attorneys who are suing the City of Albuquerque on behalf of several unhouse clients. The lawsuit accuses the city of violating the Fourth and Eighth Amendments and due process protections for unhoused people by shuffling them from place to place and destroying their property.

A state District Court judge issued an injunction in the case last month, barring the city from removing people from public property or taking their belongings. The City of Albuquerque has filed a request for a stay on the injunction with the state Supreme Court — as of Thursday's recording, the court has not decided if it will take up the case.   

At the turn of the 20th century, Rebecca Clarren’s ancestors fled antisemitism in Russia to start new lives in America, where they became homesteaders on lands the U.S. government stole from the Lakota people. In her new book, “The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance,” Clarren offers an intimate look at how her family benefitted from that stolen land and explores acts of reconciliation and repatriation that are embedded in family and culture. 

This spring, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill 15 into law. It expands the age range for young immigrants eligible to access green cards, work permits and other benefits — if they can prove in court they had been abandoned, abused or neglected. Executive Producer Jeff Proctor speaks with two immigrant advocates about their work to get this bill passed through the Roundhouse. 

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.  

NMiF Segments
Attorneys Say Albuquerque Violated Unhoused Clients’ Constitutional Rights 
Lou DiVizio 

Adam Flores, civil rights lawyer 
Martha Mulvany, civil rights lawyer 

The Cost of Free Land 
Laura Paskus 

Rebecca Clarren, author, “The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance” 

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in NM 
Jeff Proctor 

Jessica Martinez, attorney, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center 
Jazmín Irazoqui-Ruiz, policy director, Bold Futures NM 

Lou DiVizio

New Mexico in Focus is the 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 art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez and Co-producer is Kathy Wimmer.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

Funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future, is provided in part by the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV.