Thursday, February 14, 2013

Compromise ... or What?

After weeks of speculation about a compromise on changing a 2003 law that allows undocumented immigrants to get New Mexico driver’s licenses, Senate Republican Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales introduced a bill Monday that would alter the state’s licensing system.

Senate Bill 521 quickly was endorsed by Gov. Susana Martinez, whose spokesman called it “a very reasonable compromise.”

However, Marcela Diaz of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a local advocacy group for immigrants, complained that “this so-called compromise is an insult to those who are trying to create fair and workable solutions that integrate immigrant families into our state’s public safety and anti-[drunken-driving] efforts.”

The rest of my story is in today's New Mexican. The bill itself is HERE

I understand that Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas has a bill of his own that's expected to be dropped today. Stay tuned.