Questions of legal immigration status, and relatives of those here legally

House Majority Leader Ken Martinez said requiring social security numbers would create some pretty big issues at Los Alamos.

“Two of the groups we were concerned with, scientists at our national labs and the German training folks at Alamogordo,” Martinez said.

“They are here legally,” Nunez responded. People here legally can get driver’s licenses, such as students on visas, Nunez said of the bill he supports.

“If we take out the Senate amendments would these folks be prohibited from getting licenses,” Martinez asked.

“No,” Nunez said.

Legislative council service drafter is speaking now.

Relatives of legal immigrants might not have defined immigrations statuses. “In those limited circumstances, those individuals would not be able to get drivers’ licenses temporarily,” the drafter is saying. “There is some period when their status would be in question.”

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About triptothecapitol

Trip Jennings is a Capitol reporter at the Santa Fe New Mexican.
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