Regional
5:51 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Advocates Fight Change In NM Driver's License Rules

New Mexico – Immigrant advocates are preparing a string of events and rallies this week aimed at convincing New Mexico state lawmaker not to change the state's law allowing suspected illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

The immigrant advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, the El Paso-based group Border Network for Human Rights and a group of college students say they plan to lobby lawmakers and share stories of immigrants who benefit from the current law.

The moves come as lawmakers get ready to enter a special session over redistricting and after Gov. Susanna Martinez promised that the driver's licenses issue was one of many she wanted state lawmakers to address while in special session. The Republican governor says the law jeopardizes public safety and attracts illegal immigrants.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.