February 3, 2011
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New Mexico governor Susana Martinez, by executive order, declared that New Mexico is no longer a sanctuary state:
Martinez ordered the reversal of the state’s “sanctuary status,” which prohibited law enforcement from asking criminal suspects about their citizenship. Now, officers will be able to ask anyone they suspect of a crime about their immigration status.
Marcela Diaz, of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant rights organization, said this will essentially turn police into immigration agents.
“I think this was a knee-jerk decision that was not well thought out,” Diaz said. “Not only will this lead to increased racial profiling, it taxes resources of limited enforcement.”
It makes me scratch my head. The governor basically puts the state in compliance with federal law, since the notion of being a sanctuary state (or city) says “in spite of federal law, you can stay here.” I’m not exactly sure how states and cities have been allowed to do such in the first place.
Diaz makes a statement about “gains” being lost. I’m not sure how gaining the ability to flout established law can be considered a “gain.” Then again, I’m also not sure how an illegal alien has the right to stay in the country, but I digress…
Article here: NM No Longer a Sanctuary State