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Journalists gather for SPJ/ACLU border-rights training

By: Heath Haussamen, SPJ Rio Grande board member

Journalists from as far away as Albuquerque and El Paso attended Saturday’s training in Las Cruces to learn about their rights when encountering federal immigration enforcement agents.

In all, 23 people from the region attended the training, which was sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter and ACLU. If you missed it, here are a couple of posts that delve into the nuances of your rights when encountering immigration authorities:

ACLU: Can Border Agents Search Your Electronic Devices? It’s Complicated.

ProPublica: Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights

In addition, here’s a great resource on protecting your digital information:

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF

Thanks to the ACLU for conducting the training and Sonoma Springs Covenant Church in Las Cruces for hosting it! We believe the journalists who were able to participate are better equipped to understand their rights when they encounter federal immigration authorities – and that will help them be more comfortable covering important border and immigration issues, which is the goal.

City On The Edge & SPJ Cover YOUR Right To Know

The SPJ Rio Grande chapter and City on the Edge podcast recently teamed up for on a live taping to kick off  Sunshine Week.

Journalists Julie Ann Grimm (Santa Fe Reporter), Laura Paskus (NM Political Report), Joey Peters (NM Political Report), and Jeff Proctor (New Mexico In Depth) joined the City on the Edge hosts on stage at Duel Brewing in downtown Albuquerque.

They answered questions about access to government officials and public records, the value of leaks to journalists, and what’s at stake if the state Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) isn’t effectively enforced.

“I have coffee and outrage for breakfast every day ” – Jeff Proctor 

Listen to the full hour:

Episode 26: Sunshine Journalism in New Mexico

Photo: Kevin Maestas
Photo: Kevin Maestas
City on the Edge hosts (Photo: Kevin Maestas)