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N.M. Student Facing Deportation To ‘Come Out’

SANTA FE(AP) — An undocumented immigrant student in southern New Mexico facing deportation is slated to publicly share his story as part of a larger protest effort aimed at pushing reforms and fighting to keep driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants in the state.

The student is scheduled to share his story today at a news conference in the Capitol.

The El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights is organizing the student’s announcement and also is planning to bring more than 80 advocates from around the state to lobby state lawmakers as they begin a special session on redistricting.

Gov. Susana Martinez also wants the Legislature to end New Mexico’s policy of granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Advocates say the student’s story put a “human face” to immigrants living in the state without legal status.