There aren’t too many lists or statistics New Mexico can brag about these days – except one.
We were the first state to require immigrant drivers be licensed, registered, and insured.
That’s something to be proud of.
In 2013 alone, eight states and Washington D.C. followed our lead by passing similar driver’s license laws. Governor Martinez has had four opportunities to compromise with legislators on driver’s licenses and has refused. This is the fifth session in a row that our time and tax payer dollars will be wasted on this already-decided issue.
The Governor and our legislators should all be keenly focused on solving New Mexico’s real problems. When our state is experiencing extreme economic hardship and our children’s welfare is in such dire straits, it is unconscionable for our Governor to waste our, and our legislators’, time on attempting to repeal a public safety law more and more states are adopting.
Today is Immigrant Day of Action at the Roundhouse, and we at ProgressNow NM are proud to support all the people working to ensure that every hard working New Mexican has a real shot at the American Dream.
Join us in supporting safe roads in New Mexico and sign the Somos Un Pueblo Unido petition. Tell your legislators to stop wasting time on the Governor’s anti-immigrant agenda and to focus on things that matter – an economy and education system that works for everyone.
Sign the petition at HERE and show your solidarity for all New Mexican families.
Last night during the State of the Union, 121 words of our President’s address were focused on immigration. Not once did he say the way forward was to push families deeper into the shadows. New Mexico is leading the way. Don’t let Governor Martinez make us move backwards on keeping families together and keeping New Mexico roads safe.