Governor Upset With Illegal Immigrant License Bill

Santa Fe, NM – Republican Gov. Susana Martinez opposes a measure pending in the Senate that will keep New Mexico's immigrant licensing policy in place but establish tougher penalties for fraudulently trying to obtain a driver's license.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez said the Senate likely will debate the measure Wednesday night.

The Judiciary Committee approved the measure Tuesday after overhauling a House-passed bill that would have stopped licenses for illegal immigrants.

Under the Senate bill, immigrants will have to renew their licenses every two years.