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Finger print provision scuttles deal on immigrant licenses

Leading Republicans in the New Mexico Legislature are insisting that immigrants in the country illegally provide fingerprints when applying for a special driver identification card under amended legislation designed to make state driver's licenses compliant under federal regulations.

Republican House Majority Floor Leader Nate Gentry during a news conference Wednesday described the Senate amendments that stripped fingerprinting provisions from House-approved legislation as a deal killer.

Pressure is mounting in the Legislature to pass a fix that meets federal security requirements under the REAL ID Act.

A possible compromise seemed within reach on Tuesday after a...

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