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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is looking for new housing authority board members after the council voted to remove the previous board. The Gallup Independent reports that Begaye has received more than 30 applications and three unnamed candidates have already been selected.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A new study shows the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally has fallen to 11 million since 2009, largely because of a drop-off in the number of Mexicans without legal status. The Pew Research Center based the study on survey data from 2015. The nonpartisan center reports Tuesday that the number of Mexicans in the country illegally dropped to about 5.6 million from about 6.4 million during the six-year period.

NEW YORK (AP) - Volunteers are stepping up to accompany people living in the United States illegally to court hearings and meetings with immigration officials in New York, New Mexico and elsewhere. The goal is to guide them through what's often an intimidating process. Some say the accompaniment is important since Republican President Donald Trump expanded the definition of deportable offenses. Trump says the deportations are necessary to keep the United States safe.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The Eastern New Mexico News (https://goo.gl/M9JCiT) reports that a house fire in Clovis has claimed the life of a small child. Police say a 2-year-old girl died in the fire early Tuesday morning and that the child's mother was transported to a hospital for treatment of burns to her arms.

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