New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is pressing her state’s legislators to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. The move is seen as anti-immigrant by many immigrant advocates.
It’s possible to view the governor’s campaign to reverse the law as relatively uncontroversial. New Mexico is only one of three states with such laws (the others being Washington and Utah). Reversing the law would only make New Mexico like the rest of the 47 states.
The controversy lies in that, not only is Gov. Martinez an American of Mexican descent, her paternal grandparents entered the United States illegally from Mexico.