UNM students defend undocumented peers’ license rights

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The push to stop allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers’ licenses has come to a halt.  It was a tie vote for the house committee Saturday.

And some college students continue to show support for undocumented classmates at school.  A group of student leaders at UNM are saying every student deserves a license in order to get an education.

The Associated Students of UNM have voted 18 to two to pass a bill that supports the rights of all undergrads to get a license.

One student says many of her friends and classmates are undocumented and having a license would help them get to school.

“UNM is a commuter campus and so it’s really hard for them to come to school and get a lobo ID if you don’t have a license. So that was our main goal and motivation for passing this resolution,” said Liliana Benitez De Luna of ASUNM.

Governor Susana Martinez had been trying to repeal the 2003 law that allows undocumented immigrants to get a license. The concern is that the law makes the state vulnerable to fraud.

“It’s not an immigrant issue. There are a lot of good people who come to the us illegally to make a better life. the problem is there are some people who come to the us for our own detriment, and these people need to be documented,” said Republican Senator Lisa Torraco, of District 18.

The House committee voted 4-4 on this bill, preventing it from advancing.

The legislature session is set to end in two weeks.


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