NM ID Law as Anti-Immigration Legislation


Graphic from Somos Un Pueblo Unido

As stated in the Albuquerque Journal “Democrats and Republicans are sparring over how to make New Mexico comply with the federal REAL ID Act. The tougher federal standards require proof of legal U.S. residency for those who want to use state identification to access certain areas of federal facilities…

A few hundred advocates descended on the state Capitol on Monday to denounce Martinez for supporting a GOP proposal to get the state in line with federal standards. The measure would stop granting driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally but would allow them to obtain state “driver’s permit cards.”

Marcela Diaz, executive director of Santa Fe-based immigrant advocacy group Somos Un Pueblo Unido, called the GOP plan ‘discriminatory’ and said it was a reflection of Martinez ‘fostering an anti-immigrant agenda’ in immigrant-friendly New Mexico.'”



Senator Pete Campos speaking with concerned community members, via Agents of Change


Hundreds of community members from around the state spoke with legislators, as documented on the Somos un Pueblo Unido’s Facebook and Twitter pages:

“HB 99 will increase hate crimes.”

“HB99 will share all the information of every New Mexican w/ natl database accessible to all MVD clerks across country.”

“Only person supporting HB99 calling for vigilantes armed w/ AK47s at the NM/Mexico border. Shame on Rep. Pacheco for fueling hate.”

“New poll shows 69% of NM voters support DLs for immigrants, 56% favor Senate compromise (SB 174) according to same poll.”

“Declaration of Independence says ‘We the people’ and not ‘We the citizens'” – elementary school student from Clovis

“HB99 is a budgetary nightmare for MVD & DPS, requires more staff, more resources, more money at a time when there is none.”

“A supporter of HB99 liken 911 terrorists to immigrants living and working in NM. We are NOT terrorists! We live here, too.”


The Santa Fe New Mexican shows that some legislators, such as Senator John Arthur Smith, are eager to make a compromise. Smith says “the House Republican bill for driving privilege cards would be unacceptable to most in the Senate because it contains what he calls ‘the Scarlet Letter’ — everyone with the card would be identifiable to police as an undocumented immigrant. “That’s the component where you have concerns about racial profiling.”


Get Involved

Contact Somos Un Pueblo Unido, whose mission is: “Because we believe that every person should have the freedom to move in order to pursue a better life, Somos Un Pueblo Unido works to build a community that does not discriminate against people based on their national origin, that institutes humane migration policies, and that protects the human rights of everyone irrespective of where they are born or what documents they carry.”

uar2Contact Santa Fe Dreamers Project, who “provides free legal representation to immigrant youth and their family members, known as Dreamers, who are eligible to receive benefits through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA provides qualified immigrants with a reprieve from deportation, work authorization in the United States, and valid social security numbers. Those benefits provide Dreamers with the tools to finish high school, pursue higher education, develop careers, participate in the local economy, and, of course, to dream.”

To learn more about the lives of immigrants in our community, visit PBS’ Point of View as they partner with Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie). Here they use the StoryCorps app to invite the undocumented immigrant community to share stories.


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