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Santa Fe, NM--- Today Attorney General Hector Balderas and 13 other attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over changes to the “public charge” rule that target immigrants and their families. Under the changes, if an immigrant who is legally in the country uses benefits to which he or she is entitled ? such as food assistance to feed their U.S. citizen children or housing assistance ? even for a short time, the federal government may revoke their legal status, or even deport them.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, blasting the agency’s apparent attempt to violate the Endangered Species Act in its rollback of pesticide review requirements meant to prevent harm to federally endangered species. New Mexico and nine other states, plus the District of Columbia, are urging EPA to withdraw its ill-conceived rollback.

Albuquerque, NM---Today, Attorney General Balderas joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter opposing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule to drastically undermine Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination in federal healthcare programs, benefits, and services. Specifically, Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. The proposed rule would roll back anti-discrimination protections for women, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with limited English proficiency, and individuals with disabilities by undermining critical legal protections that guarantee healthcare as a right.

Albuquerque, NM---Today, Attorney General Balderas joined a 26-member coalition from around the country — including 15 states, the District of Columbia, three counties, six cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — in opposing the State of Alabama’s attempt to refuse counting every individual in the 2020 decennial census. While the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as their respective leaders, have been named as defendants in the case, New Mexico moved to intervene as a defendant in the federal case of Alabama v. U.S. Department of Commerce, in the Northern District of Alabama, to ensure the case is properly presented and that every resident in America — irrespective of citizenship status — is counted in the decennial census.

Albuquerque, NM–Attorney General Hector Balderas and District Attorney Andrea Reeb today announced that a Roosevelt County Grand Jury indicted former Miss New Mexico Executive Director Greg Smith on charges that he stole money from the organization, funds which were designated for participant scholarships. The Grand Jury indicted Smith on 18 felony charges of embezzlement, fraud, racketeering, tax evasion, and issuing worthless checks.

Albuquerque, NM–Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement regarding today's mass shooting in El Paso: “I am grateful to the brave law enforcement and first responders in El Paso today, and I’m so saddened by these acts of domestic terrorism harming our communities. We must be united against cowards who carry out senseless acts of violence.” said Attorney General Balderas.

Albuquerque, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a recent district court order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General. Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations.

Albuquerque, NM—Attorney General Balderas today released a joint letter to Congress, signed by a coalition of 21 State Attorneys General strongly urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass legislation to aid states in addressing the public health threat of toxic “forever” chemicals. In the letter sent to Congressional leadership, the coalition calls for action to help states address and prevent the growing dangers of a family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of super-resilient, man-made chemicals contaminating drinking water and other media throughout the nation. Additionally, the Attorneys General urged Congress to provide financial assistance to help state and local governments offset the high cost burden of cleaning up drinking water supplies.

Albuquerque, NM - Today, Attorney General Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Jacqueline Flores sentenced 28-year-old Edward Cebada to 16 years in prison for forcibly raping a 16-year-old high-school female in her car at Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque while he was on sex-offender parole. A Bernalillo County jury in June of 2019 convicted Cebada of one count of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor and one count of Attempt to Commit Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor after a weeklong trial. This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General.

Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement following the Department of Justice’s announcement: “I'm pleased by the DOJ’s actions taken in order to maximize rural cell phone service and strengthen public safety communication,” said Attorney General Balderas.

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Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned. The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes. Scams like this one are flooding New Mexico and since May 2, 2016, nearly 700 reports have been made...