Immigration Rights Rally In Santa Fe

Santa Fe – Immigrant rights advocates plan to rally at the Capitol in protest of policies by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The governor issued an executive order last week requiring state law enforcement to check the immigration status of criminal suspects. Martinez also wants the Legislature to repeal a law allowing driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

Santa Fe-based Somos Un Pueblo Unido is helping to organize Monday's rally at the Capitol against what it considers anti-immigrant policies.

Some Democratic lawmakers have objected to the governor's executive order, saying it will lead to racial profiling by law enforcement.

Administration officials say state agency law enforcement will ask about the immigration status of those arrested for crimes, but that won't happen routinely when state police stop someone for a traffic violation.

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