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Driver's licenses for immigrants spurs debate in New Mexico

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago February 11, 2015 Feb 11, 2015 Wednesday, February 11 2015 February 11, 2015 1:04 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

SANTA FE, N.M. - As a growing number of states allow immigrants to get driver's licenses regardless of their status, some New Mexico lawmakers are trying to move in the opposite direction.

The GOP-led House of Representatives is poised to pass legislation repealing a 2003 law that offered licenses to people suspected of being in the country illegally. However, Senate Democrats have vowed to fight the measure.

Proponents say polling shows most New Mexicans favor repealing the driver's license law. They argue doing so would help prevent fraud and bring the state into compliance with federal identification requirements.

Those who want to stay the course argue working families stand to get hurt. They also say other states that have joined New Mexico in doling out licenses are not running afoul of federal ID laws.

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