The Yes and No to Illegal Immigration: California & Arizona
Two states with vastly different positions on illegal immigration from mainly Mexico. In Arizona, it is nyet, no. Plain and simple. Its governor has made it clear she is willing to face-off with President Obama in public and in private. Arizona has passed its own anti-illegal immigration laws that should a person be pulled over in a traffic stop, the police can request to see immigration documentation. If not, the officer can detain them and hand them over to ICE for resolution, right there and impound the car. Now, Arizona will not permit the Obama policy to take affect there allowing for those under 30, not citizens, but have lived in the US all their lives, graduated from high school etc., to obtain a two year visa. How this will actually occur, I have no clue. It sounds like political rhetoric to me. Those in AZ that obtain it will, what, still get detained by local police because they will not accept the exemption? What, once the illegal is handed over to ICE, a federal agency, the illegal who did get the exemption will just be released? Probably. I cannot see how AZ can win this in court.
California has 400,000 30 and under who probably qualify for the Obama policy. California has said, Si, Ja, Yes. The state, for good or bad, will issue drivers licenses to those who qualify after they receive work permits. AZ has refused to issue the same to those who qualify. All states have the right to issue the licenses, this is not a federal issue. Those that qualify will get a temporary legal resident for two years. Despite this, nearly all of California's population opposes to issuing a drivers license to illegals. The catch is, once a person qualified under the Obama policy change, the person will get a work permit and a SSN number that will prove they have legal residency. It does not make them a citizen.
But, I would think that many of the under 30 group already have a drivers license. Most teens are diving at some point before they graduate and nearly all are when in college. Since most of this group are really American in all ways but one-they were not born here- few would know this and presume they were born here.
I think there is a big difference between those who have lived here all their lives, have been in American schools and culture, have American accents and call America home than those who have not. That IS the distinguishing difference. These people had no choice as babies or toddlers when they first arrived, they just followed mom and dad. Their kids should get a break. The parents and others knowingly broke the law. For those who have been waiting and trying the legal method, it may seem unfair, but the situation IS not the same.
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