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3:56 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Johnson Slams Martinez On Immigration Policy

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is slamming successor Susana Martinez for being too tough on illegal immigrants.

Johnson said this week while campaigning in Las Vegas that Martinez, a Republican, should advocate for immigration reform.

Johnson also urged the federal government to offer more temporary employment visas allowing immigrants to legally enter the country.

A spokesman for Martinez countered that while she wants to overturn a state law that allows illegal immigrants to have driver's licenses, she does support guess worker programs.

Johnson was a longshot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination when he announced in December that he would instead pursue the Libertarian ticket.

He served two terms as New Mexico's governor starting in 1994. Martinez became the nation's first Latina governor in 2010.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.