N.M. Gov. Calls For Fingerprinting Illegals Seeking Licenses

AZ Central

The administration of Gov. Bill Richardson is proposing that illegal immigrants who apply for a New Mexico driver’s license be fingerprinted for background checks.

The move would strengthen border security and ensure that applicants for licenses ‘are who they say they are,’ Taxation and Revenue Secretary Jan Goodwin said Wednesday.

New Mexico is one of 11 states that don’t require driver’s license applicants to prove they are legal residents of the United States. The state lets foreign nationals present a passport, a federal tax identification number or a consular identification card to apply for a license.

The head of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe [illegal] immigrant advocacy group, said requiring fingerprints would turn immigrants away from getting a license and would undermine public safety goals.

‘If people know their fingerprints are going to a federal agency that shares information with the Department of Homeland Security, which enforces immigration laws, the vast majority are not going to apply,’ Marcela Diaz said. She said her group will fight any proposal ‘that would discriminate against [illegal] immigrants.’

Goodwin said she hopes fingerprinting would not discourage immigrants from applying.

4 Responses to “N.M. Gov. Calls For Fingerprinting Illegals Seeking Licenses”

  1. Brad Says:

    Same old, same old. Americans are fingerprinted everyday for a variety of id verifications. I have even had my fingerprints put on checks from friends when cashing them. Too bad if they don’t like it. I really don’t think they should get driver’s licenses anyway.

  2. contessa Says:

    So the illegals don’t want to provide documents regarding their true identity and don’t want to provide fingerprints either. Hmmm, sounds like they want preferential treatment. Sounds like they are lawbreakers with something to hide. What is up with that? They shouldn’t be able to get driver’s licenses at all. I can’t stand the pro-illegal immigrant advocates who claim “discrimination” when a law is proposed that has nothing to do with “immigration status”, they claim its discrimination if the illegal immigrant would have to reveal their illegal status. Boo-hoo. Too bad. Go home. Basta Ya!

  3. Jim Says:

    These are law breakers, that they should be arrested first even before finger printings. Discriminations should not be an issue, because deportations is what should be enforced after finger-printings. The head of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe [illegal] immigrant advocacy group are a bunch of mexican socialists/ idiots

  4. Border Raven Says:

    In this day and age, witH the technology available for establishing an identifucation and crime solving capabilities, I would expect to provide a full set of fingerprints, a retina scan, DNA, and a blood sample.

    The ID/Driver’s License and information database, would in effect, be used to identify a person for various reasons, solve crimes, and for blood/organ donor programs, and more.

    With the new REAL-ID identification cards coming out in 2008-2009, we can expect a machine readable SMART card, with an RFID, which can track our location, travels, movements, shopping habits, and associations. Don’t be surprised if your hear the news, that Mrs. Jones had lunch with Mrs. Robinson, at the Tea House, down on 6th Ave, in Republic, MO — of course you can read that news weekly in the Republich Missouri Gazzete.

    We should expect subscription services providing access to databases, which allow us to track our children and spouses, or elderly, over the Internet.


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