I’m glad you’ve got your priorities straight as to our problems here in New Mexico, with your stalwart adherence to assuring that people driving around here aren’t of some dreaded nationality such as that from which we bought much of this place (after winning a war against them) back in the 19th century. Cheap, too. Very cheap. You know; *those* people, Susana. The ones with surnames like Martinez. What a funny coincidence!
Gov: Loss in driver’s license fight only the first round
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she has lost only the first round in her fight over illegal immigrants receiving New Mexico driver’s licenses.
A bill to repeal the law cleared the House of Representatives this session only to die in the Senate.
Martinez says she will continue trying to revoke the licensing law, which means she may have to reshape the Democrat-controlled Senate in the next election.
Oh, my. Reshape? Is that some kind of grizzly mama thing? Like reverse werewolvism?
Article goes on to run around with hair on fire about how people down south will use the opportunity to become licensed to drive, sans being citizens, to “gain access to secure buildings, such as federal courthouses and power plants.” Damn. If I knew a driver’s license would get you that, I would have taken up the practice long ago.
Marcela Diaz, executive director of the immigrant organization Somos Un Pueblo Unido, is also quoted, in a refreshingly sane and reasonable manner.
There will be those who say “But these people are (breaking some kind of law and/or are dangerous.)” To these people, I respond; do you *really* not have anything better to worry about than people who are not legally living in this country, driving to their horrible jobs where they do not have the sorts of legal protections that citizens of the USA still have? I mean, seriously. These folks are working shit jobs for a few bucks an hour, and basically living in fear. If one was to argue that they should not be allowed driver’s licenses, and even attempt to appear ethical, one would also have to argue that USA industry should stop going out of its way to stop taking advantage of these people, many of whom are trying to get away from oppressive regimes and terrible employment situations south of the border. And gosh, if that happened, then honest-to-Dog Merkins would maybe get those jobs for crappy minimum wage, as opposed to $2 an hour.
Instead, what kind of framing do we get? “They might be terrorists and might get access to secure buildings,” and then I guess use their $2 an hour wages to blow them all up in their spare time that doesn’t exist.
Yep, this is definitely now on the very top of my list of things to worry about, you lying Palin-promoted teabagger Martinez. It was a bad year when you won the governorship, and now we get to look forward to darlings like Steve Pearce or Heather Wilson fighting over Bingaman’s seat in the Senate. Wilson is spoken of around here as being not sufficiently conservative. I think my head has an appointment with a nearby wall.