ICYMI: Governor Martinez Calls For Reforms To Make New Mexico Safer, End Dangerous Law That Gives Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Immigrants

Posted On January 20, 2016

Governor Martinez Calls For Reforms To Make New Mexico Safer, End Dangerous Law That Gives Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Immigrants


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.”

KRQE-TV reports that the Governor repeated her call to end the dangerous practice of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. “The governor also reiterated a stance she has held since she took office, that she wants the state to stop giving out driver’s licenses to immigrants here illegally. … ‘Our license is not secure and New Mexicans have repeatedly demanded a change to this law,’ Martinez said. ‘We’ve talked about it year after year… it’s time to solve this problem and vote.'”
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Governor Martinez recognized the widows of fallen police officers. “During her speech, the governor recognized Julie Benner and Michelle Webster, the widows of two Albuquerque-area police officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. She said both women had shown courage and poise after ‘unthinkable tragedy.’”

The Associated Press reports that the Governor placed public safety at the top of her agenda. “Addressing the Legislature, Martinez described a state under siege from violent criminals, habitual drunken drivers, marauding teens and ‘turnstile thugs’ set loose by the courts. She placed public safety at the top of her agenda, followed by education and jobs programs.”
IN STARK CONTRAST …. 

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 …

KOB-TV reports that Sanchez lectured the media on how to cover the news. The Senate Boss even got into a shouting match with the reporter. “We expected Senator Michael Sanchez to outline the vision important to Democrats this year. We expected him to discuss how Democrats will work with Republicans to pass the bills so important to us all. Instead, reporters got a lecture about how we cover the news.”
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Sen. Sanchez railed against the Governor’s reforms to get tough on crime. “‘The (governor’s) agenda is pro-incarceration … ” Sanchez said.

The Associated Press reports that Sen. Sanchez continued his call to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. “Democrat Senate leaders remain at odds with the governor’s proposal to replace driver’s licenses for immigrants with a driving privilege card.”
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