FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2014
New Mexico Immigrant Group Condemns Governor’s Fifth Attempt to Repeal Licenses During Budget Session
Santa Fe, NM—The following is a statement from Somos Un Pueblo Unido regarding the Governor’s fifth introduction of a proposal to take away driver’s licenses from immigrants who live and work in New Mexico:
“The verdict is in. Requiring undocumented immigrant drivers to be licensed, registered and insured is good public policy. That’s why in 2013, eights states and Washington DC passed laws similar to New Mexico’s with strong support from Democrats, Republicans and law enforcement agencies. And many more states are slated to vote on driver’s license legislation in 2014.
The Governor is doing a terrible disservice to New Mexicans by forcing the driver’s license issue for a fifth time while our state falls deeper into poverty and our children continue to suffer the tragic consequences of a broken education and child welfare system. It’s unconscionable for the Governor to put her own political cash cow and personal agenda ahead of New Mexico’s families. She is wasting legislators' time on this non-issue when they should be keenly focused on solving the state’s real problems.”
The states that passed driver’s license legislation for immigrants in 2013 are: Colorado, Nevada, Maryland, Vermont, California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Illinois. Puerto Rico and Washington DC also passed similar laws.
Somos Un Pueblo Unido spearheaded a campaign in 2003 with law enforcement officials, victims rights agencies, and faith and civil rights groups to require qualified undocumented immigrants to apply for licenses, obtain insurance, and register their vehicles.
© 2014 SOMOS UN PUEBLO UNIDO