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Separation of powers issue arises between NM governor and lawmakers (Listen gain)
(2011-02-04)
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Some New Mexico lawmakers are beginning to push back over the Gov. Martinez' executive order about immigrants. She ordered state police to check the immigration status of people who are arrested on suspicion of serious crime. But a senate committee has given the go-ahead to two bills designed to counter that executive order. One bill would prohibit law enforcement officers from detaining people solely on the basis of their immigration status. The other would prohibit other emergency responders from questioning people about their immigration status when they go to the emergency room or call 911. State Sen. Peter Wirth of Santa Fe says the theme of the legislature seems to be separation of powers between the governor and legislators. (He appeared on KSFR's Living on the Edge program.
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