N.M. Governor Richardson Urging Dems to Drop Fence

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is criticizing House Republicans' proposals to control immigration.  He's now urging the new Democratic Congress to pass a bill securing the border and enabling some illegal immigrants to gain citizenship.

Richardson says the first step to fixing the immigration system should be reversing legislation signed this Fall by President Bush authorizing a 700-mile fence at the Mexican border. He says such a fence flies in the face of America as a symbol of freedom.

Richardson made his remarks during a speech at Georgetown University.

He's eying a bid for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination.