Politico: Gov. Martinez on the GOP, Pres. Obama, immigration reform

By | November 16th, 2012

At the conclusion of the Republican Governors Association meeting this week in Las Vegas, Nev., America’s first Latina governor gave Politico and Yahoo News an interview that included her advice to the GOP on appealing to “younger people [and] people of color,” as well as her take on immigration reform and Pres. Obama.

“I offered early on — I think I was governor about a month when I met Pres. Obama — and said, ‘I would like to visit with you in reference to border security, in reference to immigration. I’d like to be part of the discussion because I lived on the border all my life,’” she recounted … “I’ve never received a call.”

Notice her references to border security in regard to immigration issues.

“Prior to being elected Governor, Martinez was the District Attorney for the Third Judicial District in Doña Ana County in Southern New Mexico, a position she held for 14 years,” according to her bio.

In addition, as a native of El Paso, Tex., she understands that immigration cannot be discussed without consideration of border security. 

“…[Y]ou can’t do one without securing the borders either,” she said in the interview. “You don’t want there to be a … sieve at the border and a sudden wave of more illegal immigrants.”

Her criticism of Pres. Obama echoed remarks she made Oct. 23 near Denver at Red Rocks Amphitheater, where she spoke in support of Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Addressing 10,000 people [see above video] she said this…

“How about immigration reform? He promised to pass it in his first year in office. Pass it? He hasn’t even proposed it.”