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Monday, November 22, 2010

Susana Martinez Nugget of the Day: No Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers

"I don't support amnesty ... there has to be some other way of dealing with the issue," she told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.

"It may be we identify individuals but we cannot just have a path to citizenship created when there are people in line already doing the proper things." --Republican governor-elect Susana Martinez, CNN interview, 11/10/10

Martinez Even though this statement was uttered by Susana Martinez a couple of weeks ago, I thought it was worth some attention after the fact. Of course I know Martinez wants to repeal the law that makes drivers' licenses available to undocumented workers -- a law designed to make sure they carry auto insurance, and police and other authorities have some means of identification to use in traffic accidents, etc.

What I didn't realize, until now, is that Martinez apparently is also against comprehensive immigration reform that includes any reasonable and achievable means of allowing the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the US -- sometimes for decades -- a way in which to get out of the shadows and get right with the law. I guess Martinez agrees with the likes of Tom Tancredo of Colorado on immigration.

Based on the statement she made on CNN, Martinez appears to be against ANY path to citizenship for the millions of people stuck in legal limbo in terms of their immigration status, even if it is fairly constructed and includes stringent requirements that must be fulfilled before they can be considered for citizenship. Current comprehensive reform proposals like this one would require undocumented immigrants to register, go through stringent background checks, pay taxes, pay a fine, study English and go through a six-year process on their way to becoming full US citizens. Martinez clearly wants none of that.

I wish someone would ask Susana what, exactly, she proposes to deal with undocumented immigrants. Would she round 'em up and send 'em packing -- all 12 million or more? I highly doubt Martinez is knowledgeable enough about the situation to do more than parrot right-wing talking points. After all, Susana doesn't even know what the DREAM Act is -- she thinks it's a scholarship program, or something!

You may wonder why I and others consider Susana's views on this to be relevant, since she will be a governor, not a member of the Congress. The answer? She's already being groomed to be a national mouthpiece for right-wing interests, despite not having spent a single day in office.

At last week's Republican Governors Association meeting, Martinez was touted as being part of the "the new face" of the GOP, and elected to serve as an at-large member of their executive committee. Expect more "tough talking" and anti-comprehensive immigration reform statements to emanate from Martinez as she continues to be molded by the poobahs of the right as a useful tool in furthering their extremist agenda.

November 22, 2010 at 12:53 PM in 2010 NM Governor's Race, Border Issues, Hispanic Issues, Immigration, Republican Party, Right Wing, Susana Martinez | Permalink


I am sick of her already.

Posted by: bg | Nov 22, 2010 6:01:26 PM

I don't know why anyone would be surprised that she has that view. When a candidate runs on a platform of supporting businesses as a proud member of Corporate America's Useful Idiot Club is it any surprise that she couldn't care less about how much misery her policies inflict on People?

Posted by: VP | Nov 23, 2010 11:01:18 AM