SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican who has taken a hard line against illegal immigration in her state, said her own grandparents came to the country illegally.
"I know they arrived without documents, especially my grandfather, my father’s father," she said in an interview with the Spanish-language television station KLUZ in Albuquerque on Wednesday.
"In those days, the law was very different," she added, saying many people came to the United States without papers back then.
The governor’s comments come as she pushes state lawmakers, in a special session this week, to take up a bill to ban immigrants in the country illegally from getting driver’s licenses in the state.
Critics blasted the governor for what they called a “disgusting” show of hypocrisy by a woman they say clearly benefited from her grandparents’ decision to come to the country without papers.
"Her grandparents shared the same story of many undocumented people. It’s a sad day that the governor has chosen to turn her back on the same sacrifices she has benefited from. This is not the governor’s finest hour," said Brent Wilkes, national executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based League of United Latin American Citizens.
Hypocrisy says what?