More than 100 religious leaders from around New Mexico have submitted an open letter to state legislators in support of a state law that lets those illegally in the country get New Mexico driver's licenses.

Leaders from a dozen or so faith affiliations submitted the open letter Wednesday as pastors and rabbis lobbied lawmakers. Religious leaders denounced in the letter the "hate-filled rhetoric" surrounding the debate over attempts to repeal the law.

Holly Beaumont, Director of Interfaith Worker Justice New Mexico, said around 115 pastors, clergy, rabbis and other religious leaders signed the letter.

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a national group that seeks reduction in illegal immigration, said his group was asking volunteers around the country to contact New Mexico lawmakers to support the repeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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