An editorial cartoon published in the Journal came under fire Wednesday from elected officials â€“ including both of New Mexico’s U.S. senators and others for being “misguided and bigoted.”The syndicated cartoon showed an apparently frightened white couple being accosted at gunpoint by members of MS-13, an international criminal gang targeted by President Donald Trump whose members are primarily from Central America.
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat who is running for re-election this year, lambasted the cartoon on social media, while state Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, described it as an example of “ignorance, racism and hatred.”
Heinrich tweeted: “Shame on the @ABQJournal for stooping to a new low and publishing a heinous and bigoted depiction of Dreamers in today’s paper that serves only to sow division in our community.”
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., also weighed in on Twitter: “Words and images are still hateful and offensive, even when they appear in a cartoon. The @ABQJournal should apologize.”
The cartoon, by Sean Delonas, syndicated by CagleCartoons.com, depicts a man telling his wife as theyâ€™re being accosted by a gang member and a terrorist: “Honey I believe they prefer to be called ‘˜Dreamers’or future Democrats.”
Dreamers are young adults who were born in other countries and were brought to the United States as children without documentation, typically by family members.
Their situation has been the subject of ongoing debate on Capitol Hill, as Trump has announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, authorized by former President Barack Obama, which protected an estimated 689,000 young adults from deportation.
The program is scheduled to expire March 5.
Editorially, the Journal has supported a path to citizenship for the country’s estimated 1.8 million Dreamers.
Journal Editor Karen Moses issued a statement late Wednesday that said: “Our editorial pages offer views from all sides of the spectrum, and we realize some of the content will offend readers.
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