State lawmaker received letter demanding he 'go back to Mexico'

Tessa Mentus
February 16, 2017 10:19 PM

If anyone is used to having people disagree with them, it's politicians. Recently, a state lawmaker got a pretty blunt piece of hate mail, but it had nothing to do with New Mexico policy.


Just as state Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque ended a long day at the Roundhouse, he said he checked his mail and received an anonymous letter with a direct statement.

"Go back to Mexico. You do not represent us," the letter said.

"I'm a U.S.-born citizen of immigrant roots," Martinez said. "Very proud of my immigrant roots. My parents are both from Mexico. And anonymous, right? So I can't really have a conversation with this person."

That's impossible to do with no return address, but Martinez said he was able to have a lot of other conversations about that letter after he posted it on his social media account.

"I've been touched by the response on social media by people who I don't even know, and it tells me that New Mexico in particular but this country is better than that," Martinez said. "And you know these are dark times but we're going to move past them."

Martinez said he believes this letter is a direct consequence of President Donald Trump's immigration policy, and Martinez plans to fight the hateful rhetoric.


Tessa Mentus

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