New Mexico governor takes aim at immigrant driver's licenses
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has said the law made the state a magnet for people from other states seeking a license.
January 24th, 2013
09:18 AM ET

New Mexico governor takes aim at immigrant driver's licenses

By Gustavo Valdes, CNN

(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she plans a new push to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

Martinez, who has tried to get the law repealed twice before, described it as dangerous in a post on her official Facebook page.

"I am once again asking the legislature to repeal the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants," said Martinez, a Republican. "I am always willing to discuss this issue with legislators from both parties and explore ways to find common ground, but I believe the most effective solution is to simply repeal this dangerous law."

Her comments are the latest salvo in a nationwide debate over the controversial issue.

Some were hopeful that the nod toward compromise was a sign that her approach may have changed from past attempts to repeal the measure.

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  1. Confused

    Illegal means against the law. Period. I can partially understand a State ID, for the ease of pulling up a criminal background, however I really cant. It is just as easy to get a passport in your home country and the police already use the INTERPOL system. I agree with the Gov. of NM. I wish Washington State would as well, not to mention states like IL, and their benefits for illegals as well.

    January 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Consequence

      It is enabling policies which have created the illegal immigrant problem. We need make no apologies to Mexico for having an economy which entices illegals to come here, but failing to enforce the law is our policy failure, not Mexico's. The wall separating our two nations is the biggest symbol of the failure of our national will to enforce the law – we then welcome them with signage in their language and open arms to our treasury, to benefits of every description and drivers licenses so they can move about freely throughout the United States. We are such fools - and the illegals love it and mock us while the Democrats egg them on.

      February 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gi Jon

    Driving is a privilege not a right and illegals aren't supposed to be here anyway so why would you encourage them by giving them driving license

    January 24, 2013 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |