By Claus Whiteacre
On Monday, several hundred people gathered at the State Capitol in Santa Fe to protest Gov. Susana Martinez’s recent executive order mandating that state police officers ask criminal suspects about their immigration status, and her stated intent to take drivers licenses from undocumented immigrants.
The crowd was a mixture of ages, ethnicities, and walks of life. I noted a friar carrying a sign, lawmakers, activists and people with bundled-up toddlers. There were speeches and chanting and improvised noise-makers made of plastic cups filled with rocks.
A lone counter-protestor holding a sign stood apart from the crowd during the entire rally. While it was balmy compared to last week, it was still a brisk day.
One of the organizers approached the young woman and asked whether she would like a cup of hot chocolate or tea. The offer was declined.