Since her primary campaign in 2010, Gov. Susana Martinez’s signature issue has been repealing New Mexico’s groundbreaking law that allowed immigrants here illegally to obtain a driver’s license.
She has tried to revoke the privilege to drive in multiple legislative sessions, only to lose. Then she pushed voters to oust legislative incumbents who refused to vote for a driver’s license repeal. That also failed. Next year, Martinez will be running for re-election (with one more short legislative session between now and November 2014). Perhaps, in the months ahead, the stick-to-her-guns governor will let this signature issue fade. Because now, New Mexico appears prescient, rather than permissive.
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