Another NM immigrant license repeal effort begins

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A House panel is expected to discuss efforts to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses

The House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee is scheduled Thursday to discuss two bills aimed at revamping the state driver’s licenses laws.

One proposal by Rep. Paul Pacheco of Albuquerque calls for creating a “two-tier” driver’s license system. But Marcela Diaz, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido, says that would only create “scarlet-letter” licenses from immigrants.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has tried repeatedly to have the law repealed, but those efforts have generated staunch opposition from Democrats. Despite Republicans winning control of the House, Democrats in the Senate have vowed to fight any repeal.

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