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zebraforce 05-12-2014 09:28 PM

DHS wants changes in Calif.ís ID for undocumented immigrants
DHS wants changes in Calif.’s ID for undocumented immigrants

Published 12 May 2014

California is preparing to issue drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants who have been permitted to stay in the United States, but DHS has rejected the state’s design for the license card. DHS wants the cards to be unique enough to distinguish them from regular drivers’ licenses, but immigrant rights activists do not want the design to be so different that license holders would suffer from discrimination.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the card’s design is similar to the regular license issued to California citizens, but it contains a small mark on the front and a small print text on the back which reads, “This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes.”

DHS rejected the proposed design earlier last week, saying the agency wants the disclaimer on the front of the card, as practiced in other states which offer similar licenses. DHS also wants the card to feature a color or design which is noticeably different from regular drivers’ licenses.

Reuters notes that ten states currently have laws permitting drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants. North Carolina issues licenses with a pink stripe running through to mark the cardholder as an undocumented immigrant. Alabama issues licenses with a branded “FN” label, for Foreign National.

Arturo Carmona, a spokesman for immigrant advocacy group defends California’s proposed design, saying “we are strongly rejecting the attempts by the Department of Homeland Security to strongarm the state of California into accepting what we see as unnecessary requirements.”

Some legislators in California criticized DHS’s rejection of the design, arguing that following the DHS-preferred design would result in profiling of undocumented immigrants. In a letter to DHS secretary Jeh Johnson, State

Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) noted, “immigrants are statistically more likely to be the victims of crime and are often primary targets for scams, discrimination, retaliation and extortion in encounters with a diverse set of unscrupulous actors.”
Lara and Alejo claim that by allowing California to proceed with its original design, DHS would be confirming that it “will not exploit the program for immigration enforcement purposes.”

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has said it will review the design. “The DMV will continue to work vigorously with lawmakers, affected communities and federal officials to design a license that complies with federal law and allows over a million undocumented California residents to drive legally and safely on state roads,” spokesman Armando Botello said in a statement to theTimes.

California plans to issue the licenses next year. “We’re still working on hiring an additional 1,000 people and opening four temporary offices,” Botello said. “We’re still hopeful that we can meet that deadline.”

reconeil 05-14-2014 01:33 PM

Since Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) are actually more concerned about not offending illegals and also more interested in representing and protecting such criminally illegal aliens INSTEAD of doing same for their American Citizen constituents SUCH AS Sworn to and Paid For,...why should Americans pay them to start with?

Shouldn't such be on the so-called: "Immigrant Rights Activists" orgs' or some foreign nations' payrolls instead?

Besides, are undocumented illegals, national trespassers or criminally illegal aliens similarly and stupidly given legitimate IDs or driver licenses in other countries?

I don't think so, since other countries just aren't that naive and as nationally suicidal.


zebraforce 05-16-2014 07:55 PM

It is just beyond me how our elected representatives can grant privileges to people who have violated our law. In state tuition, driverís licenses, state IDs, emergency medicare (which is used for routine medical visits), emergency disaster relief, free public education, free public services, etc. I am just amazed at how the average citizen is not appalled on how much this is costing our nation. According to the Heritage Foundation, illegal immigration adds approximately $54.5 billion to our annual deficit.

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