For Immediate Release:
January 29, 2014
Immigrant Families Protest Governor’s Fifth Attempt to
Take Away their Drivers’ Licenses
SANTA FE—Over 350 immigrant families from twelve counties descended on the Capitol Wednesday to tell the Governor and her anti-immigrant allies to stop wasting time on drivers’ licenses and start focusing on the issues that matter to New Mexicans—jobs, education, and the economy.
Members of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, New Mexicos’ statewide immigrants’ rights oganization, delivered 100 hard hats signed by oil and gas workers, 700 milk cartons with pictures of working families, and 5,000 petitions to remind lawmakers of the important contributions immigrants make to the state.
Angel Escarga, an oil worker form Lea County, didn’t mince words at Somos’ press conference: “We know this license dispute is all about the Governor’s personal political agenda. She’s raising money for her reelection campaign on the backs of workers who are only helping New Mexico’s ailing economy. Shame on my representatives for letting the politics of fear get in the way of what’s right for local community.”
Leticia Mendoza, owner of a successful Italian eatery in rural Hagerman, questioned the Governor: “How does taking away licenses from immigrants help people like me start and grow small businesses, create more jobs and jump start the local economy? Rural communities are dying in New Mexico. We need a vision for our state, not fear mongering.”
Representatives Paul Pacheco (R-Bernalillo) and Bill Rehm (R-Bernalillo) didn’t get the message. They introduced HB 127 and HB 192, respectively, which would take away licenses from 85,000 immigrants. This would effectively put 85,000 unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured drivers on New Mexico’s roads.
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