Doña Ana County Democrats Annual Labor Day Breakfast


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As we commemorate the

By Honoring
NEA – LAS CRUCES (National Education Association)

Hotel Encanto 705 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces, NM

Candidate for Congressional District 2
Merrie Lee Soules

For information, call Terri McBrayer – (831) 435-9747,


tickets @ $50.00 each pick up @ will call (must be paid by August 26th)
Tables of 10 @ $500 paid for with one check by August 26th

Make checks payable to: Democratic Party of Doña Ana County
Mail to: Democratic Party of Dona Ana P. O. Box 16144 Las Cruces, NM 88004

(No reservations will be accepted without payment by August 26th)

Paid for by the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contributions are not tax deductible for State and Federal income tax purposes.


Donald Trump: An embrace of prejudice and paranoia

Donald Trump’s campaign is built on prejudice and paranoia. He’s questioned the citizenship of the first African American president, he has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists, he’s been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He’s attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage, and he’s promised a mass “deportation force.” He has helped an ugly, radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties and get within reach of the most powerful office in the world. Throughout this campaign, he’s shown us exactly who he is and what he stands for. We believe him.




  • Donald Trump continues to double down on his plan to deport 16 million people who are part of America’s social fabric and economic engine.
  • He would send a “deportation force” to schools, workplaces and homes, and tear these families apart.
  • Trump, on immigrants crossing the border from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
  • Donald Trump: “If you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling…somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”
  • Trump, on the use of the offensive term “anchor baby”: “Excuse me — I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.’
  • Donald Trump told journalist Jorge Ramos, “Go back to Univision.”
  • On Cinco de Mayo, Trump sent the following tweet: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
  • Trump launched a series of racially tinged attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not do his job because he was of “Mexican heritage.”
  • Speaker Paul Ryan [R-WI]: “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sorta the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
  • Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]: “During a Tuesday interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Corker, a Tennessee senator who is a top-ranking Trump supporter and has been listed as a potential running mate, refused to answer on three occasions whether the Manhattan billionaire was fit to be president.”
  • Iowa State Senator David Johnson: “Iowa state senator David Johnson became the first elected official to leave the Republican Party over Donald Trump on Tuesday, likening the presumptive nominee’s campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Johnson announced that he was changing his registration to No Party after Trump leveled accusations of bias at Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American judge of Mexican heritage who allowed the release of some unflattering documents from a case against Trump University.”


  • In December, Donald Trump released a statement saying, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
  • In the statement, Trump cited polls showing “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim populations.”
  • Trump suggested we should create a database to track American Muslims, saying “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely…We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.’”
  • Since announcing his support for a Muslim ban back in December, Donald Trump has repeatedly stood by it, saying in May, “No, I’m not softening my stance at all.”
  • He even called for some sort of “commission” – possibly to be headed up by Rudy Giuliani – to look at “this problem.”
  • Trump defended his call to ban Muslims from the U.S. by arguing FDR “did the same thing” when he set up internment camps during World War II.
  • Trump didn’t limit his Judge Curiel insult to Hispanics. Donald Trump said that a Muslim judge could also treat Trump unfairly because of his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.



  • Donald Trump opposes marriage equality.
  • Trump has suggested as president he would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
  • Trump’s proposed Supreme Court picks had a history of anti-LGBT positions.
  • Trump supported “religious freedom” laws that discriminated against LGBT Americans.
  • Trump would rescind the directives protecting transgender people from discrimination, arguing they were just a “tiny, tiny portion” of the population
  • Trump supports North Carolina’s hateful HB2 law barring people from using restrooms and other public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
  • Trump’s religious advisory board contains a number of anti-LGBT activists.


  • Trump has continuously referred to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”
  • Trump suggested Native Americans working at casinos were not “real Indians.”
  • Trump secretly bankrolled a series of racist ads to oppose Native American gaming in New York state.


TRUMP’S ANTI-SEMITISM:                                     




  • Trump is normalizing hatred and bigotry, courting white supremacists and lifting up hate groups.
  • While Trump attempts to pivot into a more “ serious” mode, he has simply doubled down on his divisive and dangerous campaign. His new campaign CEO is Steve Bannon, former Chairman of Breitbart.  Here’s more info on Breitbart:

o is a so- called news site that has given a platform to divisive, racist, anti-Semitic and anti- Muslim conspiracy theories.

o has actually been known to defend white supremacists, to create an online haven for them.

o Even David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klansman leader who, as a young man, was notorious for parading on the LSU campus in a Nazi uniform, has praised Trump for hiring Steve Bannon.

  • The reality is that Trump’s divisive and dangerous rhetoric has had a ripple effect across the country.  He’s bringing hatred into our communities. From school children bullying their Latino peers saying “build the wall” to:

o Washington Post: “Trump’s vitriol is making it off the campaign trail and into the lingua franca of children at an alarming rate. Just watch coverage from Trump rallies to hear the next phrases kids will be slinging at school.” [Washington Post, 3/7/16]

o Huffington Post: “Even though they can’t vote… kids are paying attention to the 2016 election. Trumps bigotry is moving from the political stage to the community level.”[Huffington Post, 5/15/16]

o Southern Poverty Law Center: “Our report found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.” [Southern Poverty Law Center, 4/13/16]

o HEADLINE: “The Trump Effect’: Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools” [Huffington Post, 4/13/16]

o HEADLINE: “The Parent-Child Discussion That So Many Dread: Donald Trump” [New York Times Video, 3/10/16]

o HEADLINE: “The ‘Trump Effect’ Is Contaminating Our Kids – And Could Resonate For Years” [Washington Post, 5/7/16]



Democrats Slam Pearce After He Defends Trump’s Comments on Gold Star Family

Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico slammed Congressman Steve Pearce after he defended Donald Trump’s abhorrent comments on Gold Star family. On Wednesday, Congressman Pearce told reporters that Trump’s comments were “well within bounds.”

“Congressman Pearce should be ashamed of himself for defending Donald Trump’s comments about Army Captain Humayun Khan’s family. New Mexico has a strong tradition of service, and our veterans deserve respect from our candidates. If this is a signal of how Republicans are going to treat our Gold Star families, we need to make sure Democrats get elected up and down the ballot in 2016, and Merrie Lee Soules is the choice for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Video of Pearce’s Comments is available here.

During the Democratic National Convention, the parents of fallen Muslim Army Captain Humayun Khan delivered remarks expressing the serious nature of Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Immediately, Donald Trump came out attacking the Gold Star family on Twitter and later in televised interviews.

Despite many GOP leaders coming out against Trump’s rhetoric, Representative Pearce defended Trump. The New Mexico GOP remains silent on this issue and continues to support Donald Trump for president.

Democrats Celebrate Grand Opening of Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Headquarters


PHOTO: Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Juan Sanchez III Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County Headquarters located at 110 S. Water St. in Las Cruces.

Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and Juan Sanchez III Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico joined the Democratic Party of Doña Ana County to celebrate the grand opening of their headquarters in Las Cruces.

The new headquarters is centrally located and will be a place where Democratic candidates can access resources, launch voter outreach operations, and host events.

“An office in Las Cruces will be critical in getting out voters in Doña Ana County,” said Debra Haaland Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “The new headquarters will be a place where our Democratic candidates will be able to work together to compete and win this November.”

The Doña Ana County Democrats Chairwoman, Liz Rodriguez-Johnson expressed her gratitude at the event, “This office will be an asset for Democrats in Doña Ana County. I want to thank the volunteers, contributors, and candidates who helped make today possible, and I invite all our Democrats to come out and help us get out the vote in our community. Todos están bienvenidos.”

At the grand opening volunteers, community, and Democratic candidates gathered outside the building for a ribbon cutting, and then congregated inside to hear from the Democratic Party Chairwoman, Vice-Chair, and county party Chairwoman–all of whom emphasized the need to elect Democrats and the important role the new headquarters will play in this election.

“Doña Ana County is a critical battleground for Democrats this election, and this headquarters will ensure Democratic candidates win up and down the ballot in November,” said Juan Sanchez III, Vice-Chair of the Democratic party of New Mexico.

Senator Udall Statement on Shootings in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana

U.S. Senator Tom Udall issued the following statement about the tragic shootings this week:

“I join all New Mexicans in offering heartfelt condolences to the families of the officers who were shot and killed in Dallas last night while protecting people who were peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. I have profound appreciation for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the safety of our communities each and every day. The entire law enforcement community is grieving over the senseless violence that claimed lives last night, and I thank them for their service.

“While last night’s shooting was monstrous and horrifying, I also share the real concerns of people in New Mexico and throughout the country about systemic discrimination by law enforcement and violence in our communities. These issues tragically were raised again earlier this week, when two African American men were killed by white officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. We’ve seen too many days and nights of violence — too much of which appears to have been driven by distrust, fear or hatred. We must come together to confront the issues that are dividing us and work together to heal.”

Dõna Ana County Democrats Commemorate Juneteenth

Today the Democratic Party of Dõna Ana County joins millions of Americans in commemorating the one hundred fifty first anniversary of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth, or June 19th, 1865, is the date when the last enslaved people in America were freed.  On that date Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas under the command of General Gordon Granger. From the veranda of Ashton Villa, a plantation in that city, Gordon read the contents of  General Order No. 3 proclaiming the emancipation of America’s last people held in bondage and officially brought to an end one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history. Juneteenth Independence Day has been celebrated throughout the Southwest ever since. It is officially observed by the State of New Mexico.

us_june1As Americans we value the equality and dignity of all. As New Mexicans we salute and strive for a perfect friendship, among united cultures. On this Juneteenth anniversary we call on all of us to work toward those common values we most cherish. We agree with the champions of freedom of our history that no American is free until all of us are free. The Dõna Ana County Democratic Party is proud to stand alongside all of the dedicated leaders of the American past who sacrificed so much for the civil and human rights of all, and we honor those Americans who continue to work toward that vision that we as an organization strive to champion.

We join Americans across the nation in remembering and honoring the historic anniversary of Juneteenth. While we celebrate the progress our country has made, we know the journey is far from finished. There remains much work to be done. We promise to continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of skin color, gender, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.

Text of General Order No. 3 as published in the July 7, 1865 New York Times

Udall, Heinrich Introduce Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks Conservation Act

Wilderness bill completes community’s vision for protection within the national monument

Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced legislation to preserve wilderness within the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument (OMDP). The Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks Conservation Act provides permanent protection for some of Southern New Mexico’s most scenic landscapes and will safeguard OMDP’s sensitive cultural, historical and natural treasures for generations to come. A broad coalition of Hispanic leaders, veterans, Native Americans, sportsmen, small business owners, faith leaders, conservationists, local elected officials and others have worked for nearly a decade to protect wilderness in Doña Ana County. More than two years after President Obama designated Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a national monument, Udall and Heinrich are working to complete the community’s vision for protection.

Designating wilderness within the national monument will preserve New Mexico’s outdoor heritage by ensuring that these public lands will remain open to hunting, outdoor recreation and grazing. The bill will provide gold-standard protection for the wildest places within the national monument – including the Organ, Potrillo, Uvas and Robledo mountains, in addition to Aden Lava Flow and Broad Canyon. President Obama based the 2014 national monument designation on legislation introduced by Udall and Heinrich, but only Congress has authority to create wilderness. This final step will ensure full protection for land within OMDP and the unconfined opportunities for recreation that wilderness offers.

“The Organ Mountains–Desert Peaks National Monument put a star on the map for Doña Ana County, attracting visitors and showing the world the spectacular treasures Southern New Mexico has to offer,” Udall said. “We’ve worked with the community to draft a bill that strikes the right balance between securing our border and protecting treasured landscapes like the Organ Mountains. Designating these wilderness areas is a final, necessary step toward ensuring the monument’s many treasures will remain protected for generations to come. It will draw even more visitors to the Las Cruces area and add to the already positive economic impact the monument is having on the community.”

“This legislation furthers the community‘s vision for one of Southern New Mexico’s most iconic landscapes by protecting several of the most rugged and unique areas in the monument as wilderness,” Heinrich said. “In addition, management changes south of the monument will create additional flexibility for the Border Patrol and improve security at our nation’s southern border. Protecting these special places as wilderness will serve as a national example of community-driven, landscape-scale conservation that will preserve New Mexico’s culture and natural resources and protect our outdoor recreation economy. I give my heartfelt gratitude to the diverse coalition and stakeholders from southern New Mexico who worked for so many years to make the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument a reality. I have no doubt that future generations will be grateful for their efforts.”

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has increased tourism and boosted the economy in Doña Ana County, and the wilderness designation will help promote the monument as a world-class destination. The Lonely Planet guidebook, which has a strong international following, has named Southern New Mexico as a top-10 “Best in the United States for 2016” destination, and highlights the national monument as a reason to visit. The Town of Mesilla’s tax revenues have jumped over 20 percent since the monument’s creation and Las Cruces’ Lodgers tax revenues are up since 2015 in part because of new conferences and meetings attracted to the area by the monument. New businesses also have opened to offer outdoor recreation opportunities within the monument and surrounding community.

This updated legislation, previously introduced in 2013, reflects feedback from many individuals and groups, including grazing permittees and private landowners within the proposed areas; electric, natural gas, and pipeline utilities; local governments and community leaders; local law enforcement agencies; sportsmen, heritage, veteran, conservation, and archaeological organizations; flood control and irrigation authorities; airport authorities; the New Mexico State Land Office; and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Army.

By removing the current wilderness study area designation in 30,000 acres of the monument along the U.S.-Mexico border, the bill will help strengthen border security. In a letter to Udall and Heinrich, U.S. Customs and Border Protection indicated that the provisions of the bill would “significantly enhance the flexibility of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to operate in this border area.”

In April, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance sponsored a poll by Third Eye Strategies, which found that 78 percent of residents in Doña Ana County support legislation to protect wilderness within OMDP.

A fact sheet on the legislation is available here. Bill text is available here. Maps are found here. A summary of the security provisions within the bill can be found here.