Late-night bill passage flouts current NM policy

Santa Fe, NM– In another late-night session Democrats quickly rushed through SB 137 which allows any person to obtain an occupational license regardless of citizenship or immigration status. While Democrats framed it as a bill to help DACA beneficiaries, the legislation in fact does not have limitation on who may benefit from the late-night bill. SB 137 was sent to only one committee for review by the Speaker before it was debated by the body with few days left to wrap up the 30-day session.

“I am very concerned that in their rush to please their special interest groups, Democrats in this body are forgetting about the people in this state who are currently licensed and unemployed,” said Representative Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque), “SB 137 allows illegal immigrants to receive a professional state license. Federal law requires employers to check applicant’s legal status. This license gives an employer the appearance that the applicant is a legal US resident.”

Senate Bill 137 passed the House and moves forward to the Governor’s desk.