Albuquerque voters will be able to choose two new members of Congress in 2012.
Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) retired after five terms in office. Representative Martin Heinrich (D) left his seat in the 1st Congressional District to run for the open senate seat. That means his U.S House seat will be a race to watch.
Three Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination on the ballot in November – former Albuquerque mayor Marty Chavez, State Senator Eric Griego and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham. I covered the Democratic 1st Congressional District primary for NMPolitics.net:
Chávez’s past may be a ‘double-edged sword’
Griego: ‘People want you to stand for something’
Grisham has already defied expectations
Undocumented students don’t have many options once they leave school. Many can’t continue on after high school, even if they were stellar students, and those who do attend a college or university can’t legally get a job after graduation.
The DREAM Act would give young people who were brought into the US as children, under the age of 16, an opportunity to apply for legal status.
I interviewed one New Mexico student who is living in limbo while the legislation remains stalled in Congress.