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Guv orders state police to check immigration status

Gov. Susana Martinez today issued an executive order mandating state police look into the citizenship of people arrested for crimes. Officers will be barred from investigating the immigration status of victims. They also won't ask about the status of drivers stopped for speeding. "This order takes the handcuffs off of New Mexico’s law enforcement officers in their mission to keep our communities safe," the governor wrote in the order.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the move will invite racial profiling and that it offers "an incentive to police to arrest people who look and sound 'foreign.' " ACLU-NM Director Peter Simonson also called the directive "SB 1070-like."

Public Comments (3)
  • hey white people!  [ Mon Jan 31 2011 9:01 PM ]

    Please report to "The Weekly Alibi" when your immigration status is checked as you are being arrested! I want to see this happen! Welcome to the Brave, New World! Now, shut up and spread 'em! Martinez? We'd better check her back and see if it's wet!

  • Topcat just read the exec order and sez  [ Tue Feb 1 2011 9:01 AM ]

    SCREW YOU, Officer Dibble.

  • In deference to her wisdom  [ Tue Feb 1 2011 8:58 PM ]

    What is wrong with some background checking? Illegals aren't some kind of sacred cow. Make it equal for everybody and don't tell me that white boys like me aren't background-checked out, either. I drive vehicles that attract the attention of profilers. My Hispanic friend jokes that I may get pulled over and have to show every piece of evidence I can locate to prove my rightful reason to be there, but his homies get yanked out of the truck and thrown down and get cuffed. We laugh hysterically. He drives UPS so he's clean-cut, but he believes these things. I guess that makes me feel better, I guess... perhaps...

    Governor Martinez probably sees the world through a more rational set of eyes than me or my buddy. She was a District Attorney, after all. I defer to her wisdom.



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