The UNM College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom will be receiving funding from the Associated Students of UNM through appropriations to host two guest speakers, Christina Hoff Sommers and Ben Shapiro, at the University.

UNM College Republicans requested funding for Sommers, and YAF requested funding for Shapiro. Both groups received $5,000, funding 50 percent of the speaker fees for each.

Around two dozen New Mexicans gathered in downtown Albuquerque Wednesday to praise New Mexico’s U.S. Congressional Democrats for resisting the agenda set by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans.

Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan have been vocal members of the local opposition, having denounced Trump’s appointees, immigration policies and Congressional Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

UNM has been chosen to be part of the Young African Leaders Initiative headed by the U.S. State Department.

The program is set to for summer, where fellows will come to UNM to learn leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders allows 1,000 “outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home,” according to the program’s website.

Robbery, Aggravated Battery and Breaking and Entering at Sigma Chi

On the early morning of Feb. 10, an officer was dispatched to the Sigma Chi fraternity house in reference to a 911 call transferred from APD concerning a battery, according to a UNMPD report. When the officer arrived, the female 911 caller said she received a call from her daughter who claimed she was pushed out of a moving vehicle near Avenida Cesar Chavez and Walter St. The mother said after she spoke with her daughter, she decided to wake her younger children up and drive to meet her older daughter, who walked to a Motel 6 on Avenida Cesar Chavez and I-25.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham talks immigration with international students

On Wednesday about 70 international students filled a SUB conference room to listen to U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham and receive answers regarding recent executive orders, visa issues, and other related concerns.

The Democratic congresswoman, who represents UNM’s congressional district, responded to questions presented by a handful of UNM students and faculty.

All of the students and many of the faculty were immigrants, and the congresswoman’s presentation was centered around students’ questions and stories.

Protesters organize against ICE raids

Hundreds of fists were raised into the air over the past week as Burqueños came together to show support for undocumented immigrants nationwide.

At three separate events, protesters showed support for their undocumented neighbors, friends and family, with chants like “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA,” and “Raise a hand, make a fist, undocumented people will resist.”

It wasn’t all love and acceptance, however, with the event on Tuesday evening ending in a fight.

Spurred by several raids conducted over the course of the last two weeks by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and President Donald Trump’s aggressive rhetoric toward immigrants, Albuquerque activist groups including Indivisible Nob Hill, Power Through Peace and Working Families New Mexico took a stand against what many are calling injustice.

Proposed bills would simplify college credit transfer process

The credit transfer process at UNM may see a drastic change with two proposed bills that would make it much simpler.

It’s no secret that students have experienced issues when transferring to UNM from other universities and colleges around the state and nationwide, with many seniors anticipating graduation only to learn they have ended up taking more classes than required.

According to a report from Complete College America, a national nonprofit aimed at increasing the completion of career certificates and college degrees, New Mexico college students are taking 154 credit hours on average, when only 120 are required for graduation.

National Briefs for Feb. 23

Trump rolls out new anti-immigration policies

New immigration enforcement procedures announced by the Trump administration this week show that Trump plans to be more aggressive when it comes to detaining and deporting those who are in the U.S. illegally, according to the New York Times.

Among the provisions outlined by the Department of Homeland Security, the administrations seeks to, among other things, “publicize crimes by undocumented immigrants, enlist local police officers as enforcers, erect new detention facilities and speed up deportations,” according to the Times.

New bill aims to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to schools, juvenile detention centers

New Mexico kids might have fresher fruits and vegetables on their plates in 2018.

House bill 208 could provide an appropriation of $1,440,000 to buy New Mexico grown fruits and vegetables for school districts, charter schools and juvenile detention centers. The appropriation would also pay for a full-time position to administer and promote the initiative.

The bill is sponsored by Republican State Rep. Jimmie Hall and Democratic State Rep. Brian Egolf.

In 2014, a very similar piece of legislation, HB 81, also tried to get funds for providing New Mexico grown produce in school lunches.

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