Governor Susana Martinez has discovered that her grandfather may not have been an illegal immigrant after all.
It is the latest development in the story of a long-deceased man who is playing a major part in New Mexico's debate over driver's licenses for those who are here illegally. Martinez wants to stop issuing those licenses and her opponents have used her grandfather's immigration status to beat her up politically.
The confusion arises from a misunderstanding of abbreviations used in census records that were compiled 80 years ago.
Martinez said her political organization did the genealogical research into her family's roots in Mexico.