Hispanic Governor-elect Calls on Obama to Secure the Border

Posted: Nov 12, 2010 2:53 PM
The first Hispanic woman to be elected Governor in New Mexico, Susana Martinez, is calling on President Obama to secure the border and to say no to amnesty.

From CNN:

President Obama said he wants to meet with the freshman class of governors, and the country's first female Hispanic governor-elect said she knows what she wants to say to him. "I certainly want him to focus in on New Mexico and the issues of, one, creating jobs… reviving our economy, but also on the border," Republican Governor-elect Susana Martinez said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA Wednesday. "We must secure our border."

"I don't support amnesty… there has to be some other way of dealing with the issue," she told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "It may be we identify individuals but we cannot just have a path to citizenship created when there are people in line already doing the proper things."

She also spoke out against the New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to receive driver's licenses and then have the ability to travel throughout the country.

"My focus has been on removing the driver's licenses and revoking those that have already been issued," Martinez said. "I never want an individual who's in New Mexico who has been a victim of a violent crime not to be able to dial 911 and call the police and get the same treatment that any American citizen would receive as a victim of crime."

With Republican Governors Jan Brewer of Arizona, Governor-elect Susana Martinez and Rick Perry of Texas running the states along the southern border, the problem of illegal immigration may actually be addressed in a productive way.

California, with the election of Jerry Brown, can continue to drown in their illegal immigration problems.