Saturday, February 15, 2014

Against the Tide of History New Mexico Govenor Pushes to Limit Driver's License Eligibility


While states like California are extending driver's license eligibility to the undocumented, there is a push in the opposiite direction in New Mexico.  Immigration Impact reports that for the fifth time in four years, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is trying to persuade the legislature to repeal the 2003 law making all drivers, regardless of their immigration status, eligible for a license. Even though the chances of repeal seem slim,  the call for rescinding the driver’s license law is grist for the governor’s fundraising mill. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the governor’s December 2013 fundraising pitch claimed, “Now, our opponents want us to give up. They are organized and well financed so I am asking you to join me by contributing whatever you can to help make sure we go into the session prepared to fight.”


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