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?
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