Hundreds Protest Governor’s Anti-Immigration Agenda

Thursday at the state capitol hundreds of immigrant families, supporters as well as community and faith groups from across the state rallied in Santa Fe to protest Governor Martinez’ continued attack on immigrant workers and families, and to support driver’s licenses for all residents of New Mexico.

Carrying signs that said “Public Safety Over Politics” and “Don’t License Racism,” participants included immigrants from over ten communities across the state as well as representatives from a coalition of organizations including Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, Engaging Latino Communities for Higher Education, LULAC New Mexico, ABQ Partnership for Community Action, the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

In an effort to address legitimate concerns regarding fraud and abuse in the driver’s license process, the Senate introduced and passed during the 2011 legislative session a better option for New Mexico than the proposed repeal of all foreign nationals driver’s licenses. Governor Martinez did not sign the legislation into law, and has continued to push for repeal of the law during the current special session.