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Gov. Martinez: Pass comprehensive immigration reform

govoneNew Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says Congress should put aside partisan differences and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The Republican and nation’s first elected Latina governor said Tuesday in a Washington Times opinion piece ( ) that Congress needed to craft a bill that tightens the border and revamps a “dysfunctional system.”

She says solutions shouldn’t reward those who have broken the law but they also shouldn’t involve “rolling up the welcome mat.”

The Martinez piece ran as she attended the winter session of the Republican Governors Association in Boca Raton, Fla.

It also came on the eve of President Barack Obama’s expected announcement on executive action to protect many of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally from deportation.