N.M. religious leaders urge a continuation of driver’s licenses for undocumented
Over a hundred religious leaders in New Mexico have released an open letter to lawmakers asking them not to end a 2003 law permitting undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Fox News Latino reports:
Leaders from a dozen or so faith affiliations submitted the open letter Wednesday as pastors and rabbis lobbied lawmakers. Religious leaders denounced in the letter the “hate-filled rhetoric” surrounding the debate over attempts to repeal the law.
Holly Beaumont, Director of Interfaith Worker Justice New Mexico, said around 115 pastors, clergy, rabbis and other religious leaders signed the letter.
Religious leaders have proven a strong ally to immigrant rights activists seeking to prevent the rise in immigration enforcement legislation across the country. In Alabama, an immigration enforcement law of unprecedented scale has been greeted with protests which include many religious leaders, and the ongoing lawsuit to block implementation of the law has multiple bishops from different faiths in the state as plaintiffs. In Georgia, a similar law prompted religious leaders to embark on a self-described “pilgrimage” across the state to spread awareness about the law’s potential effects and their belief that religious people should oppose it.