Monday, February 7, 2011

Martinez immigration order draws debate

Martinez immigration order draws debate Albuquerque, N.M. KRQE News 13

SANTA FE (KRQE) - Gov. Susana Martinez is getting major backlash from some state lawmakers, following her executive order directing law enforcement to ask criminal suspects about their immigration status. A slew of bills reversing the mandate have already been introduced with more to come.

"I was outraged," said Rep. Eleanor Chavez , D-Albuquerque. "I was absolutely outraged."

"We're not Arizona," said Sen. Eric Griego , D-Albuquerque. "This is New Mexico."

Many state lawmakers said Martinez's order mirrors SB 1070 , Arizona's controversial immigration bill, that was signed into law April 2010. New Mexico legislators said the order will hurt tourism, divide the immigrant community and spur racism, just like it did in Arizona.

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