Another New Mexico immigrant licenses repeal effort begins

Dec 17, 2014 12:11 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two New Mexico lawmakers have launched a new effort to repeal a state law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses.

Rep. Paul Pacheco, of Albuquerque, and Rep.-elect Andy Nunez, of Hatch, pre-filed a proposal Tuesday just as Republicans were preparing to take control of the House. Pacheco and Nunez are both Republicans.

Previously, similar repeal measures have failed through Gov. Susana Martinez says she would have signed the legislation.

Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, called the proposal "anti-family." She says it would hurt parents who are working to support their U.S.-born children.

The move comes as California is preparing to issue similar driver's licenses on Jan. 2.

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