Tax and Rev secretary Demesia Padilla just said, “It’s unfortunate that this issue has been combined with immigration. Thirty-five percent of the individuals who want licenses come in around 8 a.m. and are leaving the state by sundown. I stand for questions.”
Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola, responded: “You can rest assured you will get some questions on the comments you just made.”
Martinez then asked how many people attending the hearing supported the bill.
Only one man held his hand up — a deputy secretary for the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department.
The man — it was difficult to hear his name — said that 35 percent of those seeking state driver’s licenses “are migrating for a one-day trip.”
“They are not part of your community, not part of your church,” he said. “They are looking for the weak link in the system.”
Martinez asked the man how long he had been in his current position at the tax and revenue department.
“One month,” the man said.