New Mexico Governor Makes Another Run at Driver’s License Law

January 22, 2015

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants the Legislature to repeal a law that allows the state to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Martinez took aim at the law during her State of the State address before the House and Senate on Tuesday, the opening day of the 60-day legislative session.

Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats. Despite the Republicans winning control of the House, Democrats lead the Senate and vowed Tuesday to fight back.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says 90,000 immigrants in New Mexico would be affected. He says those who are parents would not be able to drive their children to the doctor or to afterschool activities.

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