In new Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is continuing to work against undocumented immigrants. The governor is fighting against the state issuing driver’s licenses to the undocumented, and has now asked 10,000 foreign nationals to verify their New Mexico residency.
Immigrants from China, Mexico, and Poland have been arrested on suspicion of obtaining New Mexico driver’s licenses by falsifying documents, and Gov. Martinez says it is proof that New Mexico’s licenses are not secure.
“We are one of only two states that offer driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and our state has become a destination spot for people from other states and around the world who wish to receive an official government-issued ID care,” the governor said.
The Republican governor tried to outlaw licenses for undocumented immigrants, and failed last winter, but has stated that she will revive the issue this fall.
A number of Democrats, including State Senator Michael Sanchez and State Rep. Antonio Lujan, oppose Martinez’s attempts to take driver’s licenses away from undocumented immigrants.