ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Could New Mexicans soon find it difficult to get on a place with only a drivers license?
It's called the Real I.D.. act and New Mexico is one of two states where driver's licenses are not considered valid because illegal immigrants can get a driver's license, and Homeland Security wants an answer by Monday from Governor Susana Martinez about her plans to comply with the act.
Today the governor sent a letter to the secretary of Homeland Security asking two questions. One, is Monday's deadline a firm deadline, and two, asking for a description of how New Mexico citizens would be impacted.
There are 39 areas that states must comply with under the Real I.D.. act, New Mexico's only hit 16 of those requirements.
Democratic Representative Antonio Maestes of Albuquerque is among those saying this is just a scare tactic by the governor, "this notion that new Mexicans should be scared because they don't have a license is a publicity stunt on behalf of the governor."
While others like New Mexico Tax and Passport Department Secretary Demesa Pedilla believes this issue is of utmost importance, "" this has nothing to do with politics, we are imposing upon other states our weak laws. We have case upon case of people coming here to get a drivers license and they leave immediately."
Congress enacted the Real I.D.. Act in 2005 after recommendations from the 9/11 commission. It has been extended every year since 2007.