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Martinez administration faces immigrants' lawsuit (Listen)
(2011-08-24)
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An immigrant rights group is asking a state judge to immediately stop a program that requires some foreign nationals to re-prove their residency in New Mexico in order to keep their drivers licenses. David Urias is a private-practice lawyer representing the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education fund. He says state lawmakers never intended to single out one class of individuals in this way. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has made an issue of immigrants having drivers licenses. The governor's office has not responded to calls asking for comment on the lawsuit.

9 a.m. -- An immigrant rights group plans to file a lawsuit today, asking a district judge to immediately stop a program that requires some foreign nationals to re-prove their residency in New Mexico in order to keep their drivers licenses. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education fund says it is unconstitutional for the state motor vehicle division to single out one class of individuals to appear in person with their papers. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has made an issue of immigrants having drivers licenses. She says the state law opens the door for criminal activity because some undocumented immigrants might get a license. But the lawsuit will say that lawmakers who voted for the law never intended for there to be class distinctions.

7 a.m. -- New Mexico lawmakers are beginning the process of investigating whether Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr., should be impeached. House Speaker Ben Lujan wants a bipartisan committee to meet in early September on the question. Block has refused to resign his $90,000-a-year elected position, following numerous allegations of wrongdoing.

A former Santa Fe police officer who was fired for allegedly driving while drunk says he believes his firing was retaliation for his undercover work for the FBI. Jimmy Vigil told an arbitration hearing officer that he was fired because he was involved in a secretive cocaine drug case that he alleges involved City Manager Robert Romero and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan. The FBI will neither confirm no deny the charge. Mayor David Coss says Vigil's statements are wild, unsupported accusations he and the police union created. Vigil admits he's an alcoholic.

The new president of the financial ratings firm Standard & Poors is a native of Santa Fe. The New Mexican says 53-year-old Douglas Peterson, Jr., grew up in the city different and attended public schools until 12th grade. Standard & Poors issued a downgrade of the U.S. debt in early August. The firm is also under investigation by federal officials over the question of the failure of the nation's mortgage industry.

Former Gov. Bill Richardson is back in the spotlight. He'll be in Arizona later this week to appear on a town hall panel about water. It's part of a series sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Discover Magazine and NBC Learn. Others on the panel will be scientists and policy makers. They'll discuss changing patterns of fresh-water resources.

News reports from Belen say a movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger will be filmed there, beginning this fall. The modern-day Western is called The Last Stand. Schwarzenegger hasn't appeared in a movie since a Terminator film released in 2003. The former California governor is divorced from Marie Schreiber and has disclosed he fathered a child with a housekeeper.

Weather: Look for upper 80s for highs for today and the rest of this week with a 30 percent chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

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