N. Mexico Senate Rejects Bill Preventing Undocumented From Driving
Susana Martinez, New Mexico's new Republican Governor and a former prosecutor, campaigned on a tough-on-immigration platform.
With her support, including ads paid from leftover campaign funds, a bill to repeal a law allowing undocumented residents to get driver's licenses passed the state house.
Today, the New Mexico Senate has rejected the bill.
Some law enforcement groups opposed the repeal, saying it would result in tens of thousands of unlicensed and uninsured drivers.
Immigrant rights groups are also happy with the bill's defeat:
"This goes to show that you come in with a radical, extremist agenda, you're going to get push-back because New Mexico is not a radical extremist state," said Marcela Diaz, head of immigrants rights group Somos un Pueblo Unido.
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