Governor to push repeal of immigrant license law

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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 7:22 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2013.

Although Gov. Susana Martinez hasn’t yet released the list of measures she plans to introduce during the next legislative session, one item definitely will be on the list: She will once again push to repeal the law that allows the state to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants who are living in the country illegally.

The 30-day session, which begins Jan. 21, will be focused on the state budget, but the governor can introduce items that are not related to budget issues.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:41 am on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    In a short session that has the potential to be her last, it seems the governor would have higher priorities than drivers licenses.

  • Michael Grimler posted at 7:20 pm on Sun, Dec 15, 2013.

    shooter Posts: 188

    Mr. Hempfling, I suppose in your world that "Right Wing Big Money" is eeeevil. But, Left Wing Big Money is OK.


  • Michael Grimler posted at 8:51 am on Thu, Dec 12, 2013.

    shooter Posts: 188

    If I entered France illegally, would I be able to get a driver's license?

    Or, Germany?





    Then, if I illegally entered the USA, why should I expect to get a driver's license here?

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 12:20 pm on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649

    Firstly, SFNM, I call foul (AGAIN!) on your piss poor, slanted, fear-mongering reporting in your repeated refusal to differentiate between Documented Immigrants and Undocumented Migrants. This is a immigration status issue. Your reporting is intended to cause fear and hate in the entire immigrant community when this has NOTHING to do with those hard working honest LEGAL immigrants that went through legal channels to be here.
    Secondly this is NOT a race issue as Hispanic lawmakers, activists, journalists, have made it out to be. Not being a fan of Gov. Susana I applaud her for putting aside her last name and addressing the issue as it should be addressed. The SFNM just released an article in how many licenses NM issued post-Arizona migration. Being one of the poorest States in the US, how are we to absorb more poor? These Spanish surnamed lawmakers, journalist, and activists are the ones pulling the race card. This is what I find most offensive by Mi Gente in them doing this. I contend that NM Sen. Cisneros, Ortiz Y Pino, Garcia, Rep. Martinez, Varela, Trujillo WOULD NOT side with Illegal Migrants IF instead of the majority of the over 12 million of them had last names like Takahashi, Wanatabe, Mbadinuju,Onwuatuegwu, Danjuma, Gaunshtein, Kulikovskaia, Muller, Fischer, Bianchi, De Luca, Rizzo, etc.
    Our Spanish surnamed lawmakers, journalists, activists, going to bat for the undocumented migrants, who the majority are from Latin countries are being blatantly racists, and the media doesn't find this to be pertinent.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 11:41 am on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 649


  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:35 am on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    Too true.

  • Barbara Griffith posted at 12:30 am on Fri, Dec 6, 2013.

    barb3000 Posts: 2

    These are not immigrants that is being discussed these people are illegal aliens
    that have entered the US illegally and they have no right to make any demands for anything including a drivers license. If they don't like the way they are treated they can always drive back across the Mexican border and go home. After all, they are not a protected race and neither are they refugees.

  • kikimtz posted at 9:51 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    kikimtz Posts: 15

    Ok I am not a big fan of Susana's, but I have to say this is ONE thing I agree with her on. As an American citizen I'm tired of hearing about the immigrants demands and tired of hearing about other Americans who stand up for the rights of immigrants instead of standing up for their own country! How sad that there are Americans who cannot see the way our country is being handed over on a silver platter.
    On Brian Egolf's comment about the Governor taking away licenses from some New Mexicans who need to take their kids to school - the point is - these are not New Mexicans - they are immigrants, probably most of who are here illegally. This is the mentality I'm talking about in the first part of my post.

  • Dave Francis posted at 6:19 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    DFrancis Posts: 9


    Here are a few immigration issues that need to be resolved--FAST, before any new policies are designed in Congress. 1. Build the two layer fence the 700 miles promised by former President Bush administration. 2. Demand from Washington a mandatory federal biometric ID card, containing a fingerprint, iris scans that when implemented no other person can use. The E-Verify system has limited safety concerns, and quite easy to circumvent. If a biometric Social Security ID card is adopted, it strengthens American workers in being hired, stopping foreign nationals stealing American jobs; can additionally be used to vote, so non-citizens cannot commit a felony in fraudulently voting; lastly but not all--a security measure to stop credit fraud, that is now unbridled.

  • Dave Francis posted at 6:19 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    DFrancis Posts: 9

    . 3. Instead of easy access through borders or arriving by plane the ENTRY/EXIT program, with those who intentionally avoiding the law; be punished as a felony and not the slap on the wrist as a civil misdemeanor offense. The way these laws have been administered is for politicians to manipulate the “Rule of Law” so THE PEOPLE assume the laws are severe, but in actual fact ascertained a full wide open loopholes, so millions of foreigners can pour through for the benefit of business concerns, agriculture and special interests. 4. The high court of the land must be confronted with the Birthright Citizenship Act, to cease illegal alien children claiming instant citizenship; a law written solely for the descendants of slaves to gain their rightful citizenship.

  • Dave Francis posted at 6:18 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    DFrancis Posts: 9

    Annually hundreds of billions of dollars are siphoned off by suspect lawmakers, who have done nothing to halt this abuse, while many of our own exist in poverty. Sen.Harry Reid of Nevada leading the pack, along with Pelosi, Holder and President Obama’s elected official selling the hurting American worker and charging us headlong into a Socialist dominated wasteland. He and the Lib-Democratic editorial press are pandering to the waves of illegal aliens still slinking into nation of laws. Call it what it is? Policies written by politicians whose main objective are stealing from taxpayers to support the illegal invasion and lowering wages for the middle and lower manual worker. The Senate bill will add another 30 million, while enforcement services like ICE still has to detain the truly unknown numbers already here. Census population figures of foreign nationals cannot have any credence, as unknown numbers of illegal aliens hid from government counters. Read more on this mind numbing subject through the grass-root eyes, such as the national and regional TEA PARTY (not the general Republican Party); Numbersusa concerned with overpopulation; the Watchdog group investigating corruption, as does Judicial Watch, a legal team using the law, in digging deep to uncover the criminal enterprises at state and federal levels. JOIN THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL OR LOSE AMERICA TO CHEAP LABOR.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 3:58 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    "Her job is to make it easier on the lives of New Mexicans" Good point. and getting the illegals out of the state is a great way to help in that area. Or are you suggesting that there illegal aliens are "New Mexicans". Seems like if they were, then this wouldn't affect them one single bit.

  • Marcos Ortega posted at 3:28 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Marcos Ortega Posts: 23

    HA! Once again this administration is shifting it's focus to immigration. Perhaps it is because the Governor has failed to solve other issues facing this state. Education, jobs, social services. We thought Richardson was a joke, Susana is even worse. NM continues to struggle. No better than Mississippi, West Virginia......

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:53 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 566

    Brian Egolf knows who butters his bread, and does the dishes, and the laundry, and the landscaping, etc. For ALEC funded "Business Boosters", easing any constraints on illegal immigrants helps keep the labor pool full, thus lower wages generally.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 1:00 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    "Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, a longtime opponent of the bill, said Wednesday, 'I’m disappointed that the governor continues to push to take driver’s licenses away from people who need them to take their kids to school and to go to work. … Her job is to make it easier on the lives of New Mexicans, and I don’t see how it improves the lives of some New Mexican kids to take away their parents’ driver’s licenses.'”

    By that logic, we shouldn't take away the driver's licenses (or cars) of people with multiple DWI convictions if they have kids or a job.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:58 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    Because then the illegals couldn't use the driver's licenses to vote for Democrats, which it really the purpose of giving these licenses to the undocumented Democrats in the first place.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:03 pm on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    One would think that big money would want these licenses, they make it easier for them to pretend that they are hiring citizens, at a lower wage.

  • Jimmy Green posted at 11:50 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 145

    Thank you Gov! There are plenty of us United States citizens who are sick and tired of hearing the "demands" of illegal aliens.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 11:36 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    Just goes to show you the Governor strings are being pulled by OUTSIDE sources ie. Right Wing Big Money because first of all it is a LOSING POSITION she is taking,so out of touch with the changing times and know that as she goes to sleep at night and lays down her head, she KNOWS that is wrong ! I guess that is the price some people will pay for Power. But in the end it is the POWER OF THE PEOPLE that will Win. It always does but will take TIME AND PATIENCE.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:51 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    I still don't see why a drivers license for a non citizen couldn't be prepared that made the non-citizenship status crystal clear.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 869

    I can see how this will work since all criminals leave their drivers license behind at the scene.

  • Lynn Glaze posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Max1234 Posts: 2

    And, after they find a job, then taxes would be paid on that employee. I don't believe that we are going to go so far in this country to deport everyone, just so they can cross the boarder again. I say let them all stay, pay taxes, purchase the healthcare (so they don't end in the ER room where we are paying for it again) , and join in on turning our economy around. It's been 5 years of slow economy and now interest rates are starting to move up. Inflation is right around the corner...Just look at the $15.00 an hour minimum wage if it is passed. Prices will start to skyrocket on everything. We can all live together in peace in this beautiful country of the USA.

  • Lynn Glaze posted at 8:59 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Max1234 Posts: 2

    She could offer driver's licenses like some of the other states that has all of their personal information, address, photo, D.L Number, DOB, with something on the license that shows they are here illegally. In Santa Fe, since we are a sanctuary city, this would go a long way in identifying those who commit crimes.

  • Joe Montoya posted at 8:34 am on Thu, Dec 5, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    It would appear that Governor Martinez would have better things to do during this upcoming legislative session than to do what she has failed to do during the last three years in regards to immigrant licenses. Whether she likes it or not it appears she will have little success in this endeavor in the up-coming session. It appears that licenses for immigrants are here to stay and that the governor should dedicate her time and efforts in other worth-while projects which would bring more benefits to all New Mexicans!


Key issues facing lawmakers


Backdrop: New Mexico gained only 1,700 jobs during the past year ending in November. That's a growth rate of 0.2 percent and the lowest in the region. New Mexcio's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in November compared with 6.7 percent a year earlier.

Proposals: Gov. Susana Martinez proposed expanding programs that can help bring nurses, dentists and other medical providers to rural areas. She also wants to provide $7.5 million for an endowment fund to attract top porfessors and researchers at colleges and universities. The governor recommends broadening tax incentivies to encourage startup companies as well as research and development. Democrats are pushing to increase the stat's minimum wage, which has been $7.50 an hour since 2009. Some lawmakers want automatic cost-of-living increases in the wage rate.


Backdrop: The current state budget is $5.9 billion, and revenues are expected to reach nearly $6.2 billion in the fiscal year starting in July. That provides about $239 million in "new money" for lawmakers and the governor for budget increases and to offset tax cuts. The state has cash reserves of more than $500 million, but that could shrink because of accounting discrepancies stretching back more than six years.

Proposals: Martinez has recommended a 3 percent budget increase compared with about 4 percent proposed by the Legislative Finance Committee. Martinez proposes targeted increases for hard-to-fill jobs such as state police. But the legislative panel advocates across-the-board raises for all state agency workers and educators, with higher amounts for those in certain jobs, including judges, state police and social workers.


Backdrop: About $600 million in bond financing is available for capital improvement projects. Some of that goes for specific purposes, including public schools and projects on tribal lands. However, much of the financing will be divvied up for new projects. 

Proposals: Martinez proposes earmarking about $112 million in bond proceeds for water projects across the state. The governor also recommends creatinga  new fund that can provide emergency assistance to communities with drinking water problems. The Legislative Finance Committee has recommended $10 million in bond financing for highway maintenance and $6 million for a road to the state's spaceport.


Backdrop: Public schools, colleges and universities get nearly $3 out of every $5 in the operating budget. The high school graduation rate was 70 percent in the last school year, and nearly half of graduates enrolling in state colleges in 2011 and 2012 required remedial courses.

Proposals: Martinez will renew a proposal to require schools to hold back third-graders who can't read proficiently. Some Democrats and a coalition of social advocacy groups want to earmark part of the yearly payout from a state permanent fund to provide more money for early-childhood education. Lawmakers also will consider ways to shore up a lottery-financed college scholarship program. Some proposals would change the program to make the aid need-based and provide a flat dollar amount for scholarships. 

The Associated Press

Session dates - 2014

• December 16, 2013 - January 17 Legislation may be prefiled

• January 21 Opening day (noon)

• February 5 Deadline for introduction

• February 20 Session ends (noon)

• March 12 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed

• May 21 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

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