We Interrupt This Blog, Part II: Broken Trust

The second in a 4-part series of my reflections on politics.

It has always been the tactic of the uncreative and the small-minded to scapegoat the vulnerable. To the political player, a wedge issue is a means of winning an election. At the losing end of a wedge issue is not a political opponent, but a real, living, breathing human being.

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez came into office pledging to “get tough” on immigration. On January 31, she issued an executive order rescinding New Mexico’s sanctuary status. The order directs all law enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of anyone arrested for any crime. Martinez also promised to overturn a 2003 law enabling undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Though her efforts to repeal the driver’s license law died on the Senate floor during the recent legislative session, we can be sure that we haven’t heard the last of this debate.

Enlace Comunitario is an Albuquerque-based non-profit organization, dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community. Wednesday, March 30,Enlace launches its video “Broken Trust,” highlighting the harsh impact of closer collaboration between law enforcement and federal immigration agents on immigrant victims of domestic violence.

Please share this video with your friends and contacts via Facebook, Twitter (instructions below), email and any other social network you use, drawing as much attention as possible Wednesday, March 30th, to Enlace’s webpage at:


Or in Spanish at:


There are suggestions on Enlace’s webpage about how people can take action.

To share the video on Facebook, visit the Broken Trust page on the Enlace site and simply click on the Facebook “Recommend” icon to automatically add it to your news stream. For Twitter and other social networks:

1. Click on the Vimeo logo on the bottom right corner of the video or click on “Enlace Communitario” just below the video on Enlace’s webpage. This will take you to the video on Vimeo.

2. Click on “Share” in the upper right corner of the video. This will bring up a box with options for sharing.

3. Follow the instructions for your social networking media of choice and you are done!

Working together, we can raise awareness about this growing injustice and help drive a more humane approach to immigration and law enforcement.

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