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Gov., Bishops Still Split Over Driverís Licenses for Illegal Immigrants (NM)
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Dan Boyd

Posted on 01/19/2012 8:21:01 AM PST by CedarDave

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez joined Archbishop Michael Sheehan and other Catholic bishops for breakfast Wednesday and met privately in the state Capitol over the weekend with New Mexico’s top-ranking Roman Catholic leader.

But while the governor and Sheehan were able to find common ground regarding an abortion bill, they remain divided on the high-profile driver’s license issue.

Sheehan and other Catholic bishops have staunchly defended the 2003 state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, while Martinez has waged a high-profile effort to repeal the law.

At the Wednesday morning Catholic prayer breakfast attended by Martinez and more than 20 legislators, the bishops said they would support a compromise that toughened the existing law – in part by requiring fingerprinting before a license could be issued. They also repeated their claims that the law is humane and permits low-income immigrants to legally drive to and from their work sites.

Martinez ... told reporters after the event that she is still convinced the law should be taken off the books. She also cited increased rates of fraud and human trafficking that she claims stem from the demand for New Mexico driver’s licenses.

“We have compromised,” Martinez said, referring to her administration’s agreement not to pursue revocation of already-issued licenses and to allow foreign nationals in the country legally to keep full driving privileges.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: driverslicenses; illegalaliens; illegals; martinez
Regarding abortion, Susana publicly endorses a bill in the current legislative session that would require the parents of a minor to be notified before an abortion is performed. Of course the bill is opposed by the Dems and the usual groups

The entire article is available at the link.

1 posted on 01/19/2012 8:21:09 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

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2 posted on 01/19/2012 8:25:05 AM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: CedarDave

The prudential opinion of any bishop on illegal immigration is interesting and binds no one. While it is prudent to consider what such men have to say, a good Catholic remains a good Catholic if he ignores all prudential opinions of any pope, bishop or a group of bishops.

A good Catholic is only bound to follow magisterial, canonical and pastoral mandates, such as statements that:

- abortion is always objectively evil
- any pretense at non-monogamous homosexual marriage is objectively evil
- person X is excommunicated
- alleged marriage Z was defective from the start and thus was no marriage at all.


3 posted on 01/19/2012 8:31:30 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: CedarDave

The prudential opinion of any bishop on illegal immigration is interesting and binds no one. While it is prudent to consider what such men have to say, a good Catholic remains a good Catholic if he ignores all prudential opinions of any pope, bishop or a group of bishops.

A good Catholic is only bound to follow magisterial, canonical and pastoral mandates, such as statements that:

- abortion is always objectively evil
- any pretense at non-monogamous or homosexual marriage is objectively evil
- person X is excommunicated
- alleged marriage Z was defective from the start and thus was no marriage at all.


4 posted on 01/19/2012 8:32:19 AM PST by Notwithstanding (1998 ACU ratings: Newt=100%, Paul=88%, Santorum=84% [the last year all were in Congress])
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To: CedarDave

I like how law is applied when it is only convenient for government. It apparently is only applied when they want to crush the individual American and promote their own agenda. But then again, we’re just chattel—to be leached upon when they need money.


5 posted on 01/19/2012 8:44:26 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: WKUHilltopper
They also repeated their claims that the law is humane and permits low-income immigrants to legally drive to and from their work sites.

Low-income (ILLEGAL) immigrants can get a license to drive legally?

What a nonsensical web we weave when we let our emotions tell us what to believe.

6 posted on 01/19/2012 8:59:13 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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