Rep. Steve Pearce (R) and former Eddy County Commissioner Rocky Lara (D) focused heavily on immigration issues during a debate, differing over whether longtime undocumented immigrants should have a path to citizenship. “To make people choose between feeding their families or being deported to their home countries and not giving them some sort of fair, but tough path to become citizens is not right. It is not fair or who we are as a country of immigrants” Lara said. Pearce said he would support some kind of “guest worker program” but not a path to citizenship.
Pearce and Lara also differed over abortion rights and the size of the newly created Organ Mountains Desert Peaks Monument, which Pearce thought should have been smaller. (KRWG)