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."