“Legislators speak against immigration order”

7 Feb

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez
The New Mexican
Published Monday, February 7, 2011 5:01 PM MST

When state Rep. Miguel Garcia was a teenager in the `60s, he stepped into a small New Mexico diner to order a hamburger and fries. At the entrance he saw a placard, “No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed,” but was too hungry to think much of it.“ `I’m sorry, we don’t serve Mexicans,’ the waitress told me,” Garcia said. “ `Well, I’m not Mexican, I’m Spanish,’ ” Garcia replied to the woman, who then agreed to serve him.
The anecdote prompted laughter from the dozens of people who gathered at the Capitol Rotunda to listen to at least a dozen lawmakers speak against Gov. Susana Martinez’s executive order that directs state law enforcement officers to question an arrestees immigration status.

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