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Friday September 9, 2011

NM Gov. Martinez Pushes to Pass Anti-immigrant Law, Reveals Grandparents Were Undocumented

NM Gov. Martinez Pushes to Pass Anti-immigrant Law, Reveals Grandparents Were Undocumented

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Just as New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is pushing to pass legislation making it illegal for undocumented immigrants to attain a New Mexico driver’s license, Gov. Martinez has admitted that her own grandparents were undocumented immigrants.

Wednesday, Martinez told local Spanish-language TV station KLUZ that back when her grandparents came to the U.S. it was a different time with laws that were “very different.”

Her critics have since blasted the governor for the hypocrisy she promotes with anti-immigration legislation when her own family would have been at a disadvantage because of it had they arrived in the U.S. today, not to mention the fact that she herself would not have been here.

After receiving such criticism, Martinez’s office released a statement saying, “It’s unfortunate that some are choosing to personally attack the governor, but these tactics prove that supporters of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants have run out of legitimate defenses for a bad policy.”

And though Gov. Martinez’s defense maintains the world was a different place then, some say the only change is that those in her grandparents’ time were not much with such a hostility from those in power.

At a rally in Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, protesters held signs saying, ““Dear Susana. Do you know your history? Did you forget your roots?”