Pearce, Lara Differ on Path to Citizenship in Debate

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Jack Fitzpatrick
May 28, 2014, 7:15 a.m.

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)


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