Mona Shield Payne
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | 4:45 p.m.
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, who some prognosticators predicted could be a running-mate for Mitt Romney, has come out against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's immigration policy.
In a Newsweek article published online Monday, Martinez, a Republican who started her career as a Democrat, says she is an advocate of comprehensive immigration reform.
"'Self-deport?' What the heck does that mean?" Martinez told Newsweek. "I have no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign. But now there's an opportunity for Gov. Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why."
Martinez goes on to explain some of what she means by "comprehensive reform."
Martinez envisions an approach "with multiple levels:" increased border security; deportation for criminals; a guest-worker program for people who want "to go freely back and forth across the border to work;" a DREAM Act-style pathway to citizenship, through the military or college, for children brought here illegally by their parents; and a visa (coupled with a "penalty" or a "tagback") that allows rest of the illegal population to remain in the U.S. while they follow standard naturalization procedures.