Two reactions from opposite camps

“I’m disappointed,” Nunez said as a feet away Marcela Diaz and Elsa Lopez of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrants rights group, hugged each other.

“It’ll come back because the governor wants it,” Nunez told TV reporters. “It’s important. Everybody keeps trying to make this a Mexican thing. It’s not. We’ve got people coming from Poland, Russia.”

In contrast, Diaz is close to euphoric as she tears up.

“It’s been a long 60 days,” Diaz said. “We know that it is not over. We have a lot of work to do to educate our lawmakers, our officials, our voters” and how important it is for public safety that New Mexico issue drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.

Advocates say issuing drivers’ licenses creates a database by which that authorities can keep track of people.

“Our community is being attacked from many different angles,” Diaz said, referring to inflammatory rhetoric. “We have to be vigilant. We have to do a lot of work.”

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About triptothecapitol

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