New Mexico Lawmakers: Say No To An Anti-Immigrant Agenda
  • Petitioned New Mexico Lawmakers

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New Mexico Lawmakers
New Mexico Governor
New Mexico State Senate
New Mexico State House
New Mexico-037
State Sen. William Soules
New Mexico-052
State Rep. Doreen Gallegos
New Mexico-036
State Rep. Phillip Archuleta
New Mexico-034
State Rep. Mary Garcia
New Mexico-033
State Rep. Bill McCamley
New Mexico-035
State Rep. Jeff Steinborn
New Mexico-053
State Rep. Nathan Cote
New Mexico-037
State Rep. Terry McMillan
New Mexico
Gov. Susana Martinez
New Mexico-040
State Sen. Craig Brandt
New Mexico-036
State Sen. Lee Cotter
New Mexico-031
State Sen. Joseph Cervantes
New Mexico-038
State Sen. Mary Papen

New Mexico Lawmakers: Say No To An Anti-Immigrant Agenda

    1. Petition by

      Border Network for Human Rights

September 2011


For a while, some in immigrant communities in New Mexico feared for the worst: that Governor Susana Martinez’s support of bills calling for a repeal of a law that allows undocumented immigrants in the state to obtain driver’s licenses would pass.

The rhetoric was ugly, and some of the rallies in support of the measures even brought out members of hate groups. But thanks to the work of Border Network for Human Rights, which started a petition on that garnered more than 570 signatures, and other immigrant rights supporters, New Mexico streets and families feel a little safer today. The special session of the legislature has concluded and not one of the several bills passed in light of intense pressure against them.


Gov. Susana Martinez is out to make a name for herself with the Tea Party. And she has her sights set on pushing an anti-immigrant agenda in the special legislative session this September. She has already started with a round-up of the state’s immigrant population as a pretext to repealing the state’s common sense law allowing immigrants to drive.

In her zeal to drive immigrants further underground, Gov. Martinez’s immigrant round-up defied both geographic facts and the Constitution. The round-up required that 10,000 foreign nationals living in the state drive to Albuquerque to verify — again — that they live in New Mexico. That’s an entire workday lost for those living in the southern part of the state. Those in Las Cruces, New Mexico’s second-most populous city, face at least a 9-hour round trip. Additionally, her round-up of immigrants is a clear violation of the Constitution, an embarrassing mistake for a governor bent on being a Tea Party darling.

The entire effort and the tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars wasted on it are a scheme by the governor to pad the numbers to favor her personal, political ambitions.

But this is only the beginning. Martinez has been making threats in the media that she will "crackdown" on immigrants living in New Mexico. What's next?

Sign the petition and tell New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Legislature that New Mexico Can Do Better than Arizona. Stand up against an anti-immigrant agenda.

Recent signatures


    1. Judge Restricts New Mexico Program Targeting Undocumented Drivers

      "TUCSON, Arizona – A judge ruled Tuesday that a state program to verify the residency of 10,000 allegedly undocumented immigrants who obtained driver’s licenses in New Mexico may continue, but with significant restrictions..."

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Groups protest proposed repeal of NM driver’s licenses

      Washington Post: "Chanting “Jesus was an immigrant,” advocates greeted state lawmakers Tuesday as they returned for a special session that could consider a proposed repeal of a law... "

    4. So close to 400!

      Do y'all think we can get to 500 by Tuesday?

    5. Things are getting ugly and racist in New Mexico.

      The governor has blocked our group from posting on her Facebook page (despite our policy of never using foul language or personal attacks) but allows racist comments from her supporters. Click the link above for a sample of the comments on her page.

    6. We're halfway to 500!

      Help New Mexico organizers reach their goal of 500 signatures before September -- please spread the word on Facebook and Twitter that we're halfway there!

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Gov. Susana Martinez's Grandparents were Undocumented Immigrants

      What happens when hypocrisy meets intolerance and forgets history?

    9. Undocumented Immigrant chases child abuctor and saves 6 year old girl

      Albuquerque was reeling today after a man jumped into his truck, chased a child abductor and saved a six-year-old girl's life.

      Oh, and he is an undocumented immigrant. Would Gov. Martinez take away this hero's license?

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. Find out more about Gov. Martinez's "Immigrant Round-up"

      Why would a governor bent on becoming a tea party darling violate the constitution to do a statewide round-up of immigrants?


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Chenoweth BONAIRE, GEORGIA
      • about 3 years ago
    • Cristina Parker EL PASO, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Communities in southern New Mexico are so proud today!! I can speak for them when I say they are grateful for your support. Thank you all for signing! Si se pudo!

    • Arlene Walker EL PASO, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      The United States was actually FOUNDED by immigrants. Even the governor's family had an immigrant at some time in the past. She wouldn't be here today without that immigrant ancestor. Many of the first immigrants were illegal under our present laws. So don't be an idiot Susana and follow in the footsteps of Arizona. If you do, you will lose my vote if you ever run for any office that I can vote for. The Tea Party are a bunch of leftist, hysterical idiots spewing hate. In fact, I rate them right up there with the Klan.

    • Robert Kato CHICAGO, IL
      • about 3 years ago

      Politicians are keeping us distracted so we don't go after them. We the people are too busy attacking each other and we are not paying attention to what they are doing. Look at YouTube on "2.3 TRillion Dollars Missing from DOD Day before 911 2001 Rumsfeld LIES"

      The politicians and big business are the one hurting America

    • Barbara Renaud Gonzalez SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      Because the Governor is ashamed of coming from grandparents who crossed a border for a better life.


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