Drivers License Details

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Friday, January 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm

<p>Hillary Clinton came under fire for waffling on whether she supports giving drivers licenses to &quot;illegals.&quot; In all the back and forth, the debate never covered a broader issue: there are more than two categories of people in the United States.</p>

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For example, the international students and scholars legally living in Michigan are now barred from obtaining licenses. Here&rsquo;s an email that the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State sent to their visiting students:</p>

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&quot;It is with regret that I write to inform you that international students and scholars are, for the time being, unable to obtain State of Michigan driver&rsquo;s licenses. The Michigan Secretary of State&rsquo;s office has just established new requirements for obtaining a Michigan driver&rsquo;s license or a State of Michigan Identification Card. Effective immediately, anyone applying for a Michigan driver&rsquo;s license or State I.D. card will have to present proof that s/he is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (green cardholder) of the United States.&quot;</p>

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New rules passed to prevent the issuance of licenses to undocumented immigrants failed to consider that there are other categories of legal status besides citizen and permanent resident.&nbsp;&nbsp; A <a id="vftr" target="_blank" title="Michigan colleges and universities" href="http://www.50states.com/college/michigan.htm">quick check online</a> shows that there are a couple of hundred or so Michigan colleges and universities.&nbsp;</p>

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Meanwhile, in Farmer&rsquo;s Branch, Texas, <a id="imaa" target="_blank" title="Councilman runs for mayor" href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/5483130.html">the councilman who pushed his Dallas suburb&rsquo;s efforts to pass one of the country&rsquo;s most sweeping anti-illegal immigration measures is running for mayor</a>.&nbsp; The AP reports that Council members unanimously passed a November 2006 ordinance barring apartment rentals to illegal immigrants, and approved a new law Tuesday to require prospective tenants to get a city license to rent houses and apartments.</p>

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Yes, a license to become a tenant.</p>

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Out west in California, the <a id="d68_" target="_blank" title="California governor on immigrants" href="http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_8063064?nclick_check=1">Governator takes a broader view of illegal entrants</a> than do other Republicans: &quot;It&rsquo;s the only way they can get in here. It&rsquo;s not like you can stand in line and wait a few days and then you can get in. There&rsquo;s no way. There is a system that has been created on purpose to look the other way and to bring them in because everyone knows that we cannot function without them.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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And, at the intersection of church and state in Utah, Rep. David Litvack (D-Salt Lake City) who met on Jan. 11 with Latter Day Saints Apostle M. Russell Ballard and other Mormon church officials, urged compassion:&nbsp; &quot;<a id="g1x9" target="_blank" title="Mormons urge compassion" href="http://www.sltrib.com/contents/ci_8062989">The basic message was that we need to step back</a>, not be so reactive and let cooler heads prevail. The anti-immigrant community has become hateful and vilifies all undocumented workers. The <span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps"><span class="caps">LDS</span></span></span></span></span></span> leaders said, in essence, &lsquo;We must remember that we are talking about human beings.&rsquo;&quot;</p>

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