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New Mexico immigrant license repeal effort passes 1st hurdle
New Mexico immigrant license repeal effort passes 1st hurdle

A proposal to repeal a New Mexico law that allows immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses has cleared its first hurdle Thursday despite objections from immigrant groups and a comparison to the Holocaust. After a more than four-hour hearing, the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee voted 5-4 along party lines to move along the GOP-led proposal aimed at revamping the state driver's licenses laws. But before the vote, some Democratic lawmakers compared the repeal measure to the rounding-up of Jews by Nazi Germany and the segregation of black children under Jim Crow. Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque, said any repeal...

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