Latinos make up half of all New Mexicans and two out of five voters. These are the highest proportions for those categories in any state. But New Mexican Latinos tend to be independent, challenging orthodoxies about Latinos and party loyalties that play out in other places. Sarah Gustavus reports on the New Mexico difference.
Sarah Gustavus is an Albuquerque-based reporter who frequently covers immigration, public health, and politics. Her public radio stories have aired nationally on All Things Considered, Latino USA, Weekend America and Making Contact. As a 2011 Fellow with the Institute for Justice and Journalism’s Immigration in the Heartland program, she produced an award-winning series on New Mexico’s immigration history.