Protesters interrupt State of the State address

(Video courtesy NMPBS)

SANTA FE — Immigration advocates interrupted Gov. Susana Martinez’s annual State of the State speech Tuesday afternoon, chanting and unfurling banners before they were escorted out by police officers.

The interruption came at the beginning of the speech, as protesters stood and shouted from a gallery that overlooks the House floor, where state legislators had gathered for the State of the State.

Jaqueline Zambrano, an 18-year-old college student from Santa Fe, said she joined the demonstration to encourage U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich to vote for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer protections for young immigrants.

Zambrano, who described herself as an undocumented immigrant, said she was brought to the United States as a baby.

Passage of the Dream Act “means everything to our community,” Zambrano said. “It would change our whole lives.”

The demonstration was organized by the New Mexico Dream Team, a community of undocumented youth, she said.

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