Albuquerque, NM — Governor Susana Martinez opened up the 30-day legislative session on Tuesday by calling on lawmakers to confront violent crime, demand more than mediocrity in education, and continue to compete for jobs and diversify New Mexico’s economy.
Among many other things, the Governor called on legislators to once and for all end the dangerous practice of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, saying:
“And the Legislature should finally listen to the people of New Mexico: Let’s end the dangerous practice of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants from all over the world. New Mexico has been a target for human traffickers and smugglers seeking to take advantage of our laws. And now, the federal government has confirmed its plan to stop accepting New Mexico driver’s licenses to board airplanes. … Our compromise is the same as surrounding states: it stops giving licenses to illegal immigrants from around the world, and it ensures our ID is secure.”
KOAT-TV reports that Governor Martinez wants stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. “She said lawmakers need to step up in order to keep repeat offenders behind bars, such as the suspects accused of killing Benner and Webster, and that New Mexico’s laws are too lax. She also wants a tougher three strikes law to lock violent repeat offenders up for life.”
KOB-TV reports that Governor Martinez railed against boomrang thugs and repeat DWI offenders. “Early in her speech Martinez honored two police officers slain in the line of duty in 2015 – Nigel Benner in Rio Rancho and Dan Webster in Albuquerque. The governor railed against boomerang thugs, teenage gangs terrorizing neighborhoods, and repeat drunk drivers running amok.”
Senate Boss Michael Sanchez responded to the Governor’s speech by going into a tirade against reporters, using divisive rhetoric and even getting into a shouting match with a reporter …