Santa Fe has a policy against using city resources to arrest a person based on immigration status, but police officials say due to a federal warrant, the policy was not violated.
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President Obama's order could have allowed up to 40,000 undocumented immigrants in New Mexico to be shielded from deportation.
The bill, which would have blocked certain federal funding to law enforcement agencies that fail to report undocumented immigrants, fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.
Jorge Serrano-Nevarez, who had been deported earlier this year after serving time for felony property crime convictions, was the subject of a federal criminal warrant.
An advocacy group alleges anti-immigrant organizations and immigration officials have been colluding to stifle reforms that would allow more people to stay in the U.S.
A detention center being opened in New Mexico to deal with the surge in women caught crossing illegally with children into the U.S. from Central America will be focused on deporting the immigrants quickly, officials say.
Immigrants in the country illegally would be able to get professional licenses in California under a bill moving forward in the statehouse.
With deportations on the rise and no actions to legalize the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, many pro-immigrant advocates have felt let down by lawmakers.
Researchers say about 100,000 Hispanics left Arizona in 2010 because of a tough immigration law.