There’s nothing wrong with this picture is there?
Alvan Romero, the top fraud investigator in New Mexico, said the same phone number was used as contact information for 228 individuals applying for driver’s licenses, and the same address used for more than 70 applications, which he called evidence of a criminal ring. Mr. Romero said during a recent six-month period, 35% of foreign nationals making appointments for driving tests in New Mexico provided phone numbers with out-of-state area codes.
That Governor Martinez! She’s so picky! She thinks this is wrong.
SANTA FE, N.M.—Gov. Susana Martinez is renewing her battle to make New Mexico the 49th state to prohibit illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses, setting the stage for a heated fight during a special legislative session later this year.
But of course, her opponents are going to be giving up all those potential future illegal voters. They need all the help they can get.
Democrats in both New Mexico and Washington—the last two states to permit illegal immigrants to get official driver’s licenses—shot down bills aimed at tightening their rules earlier this year. Supporters of the current law say state licensing laws reduce the potential number of uninsured and untrained drivers.
I know all of us would enjoy the opportunity to be seriously injured in a nice auto crash with somebody who never really learned to drive, only to find out that the other driver, if he doesn’t leave the scene and can be reached, is also not insured.
Ms. Martinez, a Republican, said in an interview she would try again, contending that illegal immigrants are flocking to her state to obtain a driver’s license. “New Mexico is becoming a magnet for those who want to receive a valid United States ID and travel freely around the country,” she said.
Gee. Ya think?
The state issued nearly 25,000 licenses to foreign nationals last year, up from about 12,000 in 2006.
So tell me: Do you think issuing these driver’s licenses is wrong or are the 48 other states simply cruel, nasty bigots who have this anal-retentive hangup about Undocumented Workers actually being Illegal Aliens who are breaking the law?
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