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Pro-Immigrant Activists To Hold Capitol Protest

SANTA FE(AP) — Immigrant advocates are scheduled to hold a protest at the Capitol over threats by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to repeal a state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain state driver’s licenses.

A coalition of immigrant groups and religious organization is slated to begin the protest today inside the Rotunda and then will march around the Capitol.

Following the rally immigrant advocates are planning to lobby lawmakers.

New Mexico is one of three states — including Washington and Utah — where illegal immigrants can get a driver’s license because no proof of citizenship is required.

But Martinez is pressing state lawmakers to repeal the state law over fraud concerns.

Advocates said they would support a law that tackles fraud but not a full repeal.