Today, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted against a bill that would end the policy of issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The Governor is thankful to Representatives Kintigh and Anderson for voting for the bill and disappointed that Representatives Chasey, Maestas, and O'Neill voted to keep New Mexico as one of only two states that still grants licenses to illegal immigrants. This is a public safety issue, and as other states continue to tigthen their licensing laws, New Mexico is becoming a haven for those who know they can get a quick government ID in our state. There has been a 20% increase in the number of driver's licenses issued to foreign nationals in the last year, and 35% of those foreign nationals seeking NM driver's licenses are from outside of New Mexico. This policy must stop, and a vote on HB 78 deserves an up-or-down vote in the House. One committee cannot overwhelm the voice of the 75% of New Mexixcans who support this measure.
Please call or email the following Representatives to respectfully voice your disappointment:
Rep. Gail Chasey: (505) 246-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Antonio Maestas: (505) 242-2279 or email@example.com
Rep. Bill O'Neill: 505-986-4464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let them know where you stand on this important issue. As always, please be respectful and courteous.