New Mexico Democrats Continue to Ignore Important Public Safety Reforms

Posted On August 11, 2015

New Mexico Democrats Continue to Ignore Important Public Safety Reforms

Albuquerque, NM- With a new conviction in the most recent fraudulent driver’s license ring, the dangerous law that gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants needs to be called into question. The law threatens our public safety and needs to be repealed.

“This law jeopardizes public safety in New Mexico, yet Democrats continue to stand behind this dangerous law,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico. “It is astonishing that New Mexico’s Democrats refuse to acknowledge the problem.”

The Albuquerque Journal reported that Tin Chueng was recently convicted on 77 counts of fraud and will luckily see justice. The fact remains, with the current laws on the books these problems will continue to occur. Back in February 2014, Hai Gan was also convicted of similar offenses.

“We know what needs to be done to protect the people; it’s time for both parties to come together and resolve this issue once and for all,” Garrett concluded.

Back during the Bill Richardson Era, a law was created granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants opening up public safety concerns like the ones currently unfolding in our state.  Governor Martinez and Republican Legislators have made repeal a top priority— supporting a repeal measure in almost every legislative session only to be stonewalled by New Mexico Democrats.  On top of that, 70% of New Mexicans want the dangerous driver’s license law repealed according to a recent Albuquerque Journal Poll.

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Today, Tin Cheung Was Convicted Of Helping Many People Obtain False Documents To Obtain A Driver’s License. “A man prosecutors said was a prime mover in a ring that brought Chinese nationals to New Mexico to get false documentation in support of driver’s licenses has been convicted on 77 of 119 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy and making a false affidavit/perjury. … Tin Cheung, a 39-year-old New Jersey resident, was the renter of the apartment from April to June 2009, Fricke said, and his name was on the lease. It was he who signed affidavits of residency for all the residents, which were then taken to the Motor Vehicle Division office in order to obtain driver’s license.” (“Conviction In License Case,” Albuquerque Journal, 8/11/15)

In February 2014, Chinese National Hai Gan Was Convicted Of 51 Counts Of Fraud And Other Crimes. “A federal jury in Las Cruces convicted a Chinese national Tuesday of 64 felonies for running a ring that helped immigrants illegally obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses. After about three hours of deliberations, the jury found Hai Gan, 56, of The Colony, guilty on 51 counts of fraud and other charges. He faces a sentence of hundreds of years in prison, as well as the forfeiture of four homes he owns in New Mexico and Texas.” (“Texas Man Convicted of 64 Felonies in New Mexico Driver’s License Ring,” Associated Press, 2/12/14)