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ACLU-NM Expresses Concern Over Public Health Order


Sep 12, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico released a statement expressing concerns about Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health and executive orders. The orders include a prohibition on carrying firearms in public places in Bernalillo County and other measures aimed at reducing violent crime. The ACLU-NM worries that these orders could lead to excessive policing and unnecessary incarceration.

In the statement, the ACLU-NM acknowledges the recent death of a child and shares the governor’s concern for community well-being. However, they believe that pouring more resources into law enforcement is not the solution to issues like substance abuse, addiction, and gun violence. They argue that this approach historically leads to over-policing, racial profiling, and increased hardship for marginalized individuals. Instead, the ACLU-NM suggests evidence-based solutions such as diversion and violence intervention programs, as well as addressing the root causes of violence. They also raise concerns about privacy in relation to the orders.

The ACLU of New Mexico is closely monitoring the legal challenges that have been filed against the orders. Currently, there are four lawsuits in federal court and one class action lawsuit.

While most attention is focused on the firearms aspect of the orders, the ACLU-NM expresses deep concerns about other parts of the orders. They highlight the governor’s decision to suspend a program that helps children avoid juvenile prison, stating that incarceration during childhood increases the likelihood of ending up in the adult criminal system. They view the termination of this program as counterproductive to public safety.

Regarding the orders’ illegal drugs aspect, the ACLU-NM recognizes the fentanyl crisis but opposes any actions that further criminalize youth or individuals struggling with addiction. They support initiatives that prioritize treatment and enhance access to services for recovery, stating that these approaches are more effective than criminalization or incarceration. The ACLU-NM reaffirms their commitment to advocating for policies that protect civil liberties and rights while addressing public health crises with compassion and evidence-based strategies.

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