ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For Deb Haaland, the New Mexico community activist seeking to make history in her bid to become the first Native American woman elected to Congress, proclaiming defiance to the Trump administration has echoes in the brutal history of the Southwest. "How can we not be outraged by the separation of families?" Ms. Haaland asked in an interview on Wednesday, referring to the government's intensifying crackdown on undocumented immigrants crossing the border with Mexico. "It's like we're reliving the past." In an explicitly progressive campaign emphasizing her criticism of Mr. Trump on matters ranging from immigration to tribal sovereignty, Ms. Haaland, 57, shook New Mexico's political establishment by sailing to a primary victory on Tuesday over five Democratic opponents in a district encompassing Albuquerque. Some voters attributed Ms. Haaland's win, which may position her favorably in the general election against Janice Arnold-Jones, a Republican, to her pioneering effort to frame issues from a Native American perspective in a state long dominated by Anglo and Hispanic politicians. "Deb has been forceful in challenging a president known for his discriminatory remarks about native peoples," said Cheryl Fairbanks, executive director of the Native American Budget and Policy Institute, a group in… Read full this story
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