New Mexico: Another driver's license bill attempts to solve illegal immigration issue


By: Steve Terrell
Santa Fe New Mexican

SANTA FE - One day after the introduction in the Senate of a new driver's license bill endorsed by Gov. Susana Martinez, Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, came out with his own version of a bill that still would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in New Mexico.

Senate Bill 578, would create a two-tiered license. One would comply with the strict standards of the federal Real ID Act. The other would be for people who could not use the license to board planes or enter federal buildings. The other would be available regardless of immigration status.

This is the type of license originally advocated by Senate Republican leader Stuart Ingle of Portales, who ended up sponsoring the more restrictive bill endorsed by the governor