NM blocked from resuming immigrant license checks

Oct 4, 2012

Governor Susana Martinez's administration has agreed to settle a lawsuit and not revive a plan to cancel the driver's licenses of immigrants who fail to verify whether they still live in the state.

The administration announced the program last year but it was suspended by a state district court in Santa Fe after the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a lawsuit.

District Judge Sarah Singleton on Wednesday issued an order permanently blocking the program and stopping the administration from canceling licenses of any immigrants initially checked unless the state has evidence of fraud.

At the time of the program, only New Mexico and Washington allowed illegal immigrants to obtain the same driver's license as a U.S. citizen.