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Dems call for ban on 'pink stripe' licenses

Posted March 4, 2013

— House Democrats spoke out Monday in support of a bill prohibiting the state from issuing distinctively marked licenses to young immigrants allowed to be in the U.S. under federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA allows a two-year block on deportation for immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, who are in or have completed school or are in the military and who have no criminal record.  

After DACA was implemented, the state Division of Motor Vehicles asked for an official opinion on the matter from state Attorney General Roy Cooper. 

Once Cooper advised that DACA immigrants are legally eligible for licenses, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced he would begin issuing them, but only with a special design that includes a bright pink stripe across the top and with the words "NO LEGAL STATUS" imprinted on them.

House Bill 184 would ban the state from using the special design.

"We are the only state where there's a proposal on the table, supported by the governor, to have this sort of pink stripe" said sponsor Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham.

Under Luebke's proposal, licenses for DACA drivers would look like other licenses but would be set to expire at the end of their two-year grace period.

"The solution is simply to realize that these young people are legal," he said. "They should be treated like everyone else." 

Rep. Rick, Glazier, D-Cumberland, said the "pink-stripe license" would stigmatize the holder every time he or she has to produce it. "It serves no legitimate state purpose," he said. 

Millbrook High School graduate Jose Rico has lived in the U.S. for 10 years and would be eligible for a license under DACA.  He called the special license a "scarlet letter."

"The state is outing us, putting us in a box that we are illegal when we do hold legal presence here in this state to work and, now, to drive," Rico said. 

Rabbi John Friedman of Judea Reform Congregation in Durham said he couldn't imagine what supporters of the special license were thinking.

"All I can imagine is that they could not see in the faces of young people like this the faces of their own children," said Friedman. "Would they deny their own children hope?" 

The measure faces long odds in the Republican-dominated legislature. McCrory has called the special license a "pragmatic compromise," saying DACA licenses must be visually distinct to make sure the license holder can't register to vote or access government services.

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  • US Born Mar 6, 2:05 p.m.

    @82d Airborne
    Thanks for your comment.

  • 82d Airborne Mar 6, 1:17 p.m.

    I'm Hispanic and I approve the stripe! I was brought here LEGALLY by my parents in the 60's and my family has held a post within the military for the freedom we paid to live in, why then is it so disturbing to hold everyone EQUAL and make it a privilege to be in this country as it used to be, there should be no special treatment for anyone, this country is the standard of freedom, not the stalwart of entitlements it has become, sooner or later immigration to this country will have to be controlled with hard laws because those of us that work for a living cannot afford to take care of the world let alone every bleeding heart entitlement the Libs come up with.

  • 20K Mar 6, 12:33 p.m.

    Send all democrats to Mexico and let them get that country on the right path like they have here! LOL!!! Mexico would deport them all real fast!

  • ritablueboys1 Mar 6, 12:43 a.m.

    Too many people are taking "Land of the free" too seriously. And this is coming from a Dem...

  • junkmail5 Mar 5, 6:49 p.m.

    Junk, we are not talking about all illegals we are talking about a very small slice of that population. They were brought here without being able to make that choice and are trying to make the best of the situation.
    GravyPig

    yeah, I understand that.

    And just like all other folks who will be allowed a DL but do NOT have the full other set of rights a "regular" DL might imply, theirs will have a special marking on it.

    So again, what exactly is the problem with that?

    I fully support letting them stay.

    I fully support letting them work here legally, and get a DL.

    I think throwing a hissy because, like many other sub-sets of people with DLs, theirs will have a special indicator of status, is doing a really bad job in picking your battles.

  • GravyPig Mar 5, 6:43 p.m.

    "To be fair, being an illegal alien is ALSO a criminal offense.... further, corrective lenses, or being under 21, are NOT and yet they had special license markings for THOSE things too.

    So again, what's the problem exactly?" - Junkmail

    Neither is being an organ donor, but that is on there.

    Corrective lenses are a safety issue if you have been determined to have bad enough vision. Cop stops you for bad driving he can tell by your license that you are required to wear them when driving. Do you really have to ask why they have markings for under 21? Really? Ciggys and beers ring a bell?

    Junk, we are not talking about all illegals we are talking about a very small slice of that population. They were brought here without being able to make that choice and are trying to make the best of the situation.

  • junkmail5 Mar 5, 6:31 p.m.

    We already have too many illegals with regular licenses that are committing voter fraud. We don't need to add more.
    whatelseisnew

    you realize the original problem this story is following up on was that previously illegal aliens couldn't get a DL -at all- right?

    So your claim they not only have them, but vote fraudulently with them, is ridiculous.

    As always you'll now utterly fail to support your claim in any way.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 5, 6:07 p.m.

    "Nobody ever gave me any special breaks for work, health, homes or anything else. I follow the rules and work my backside off for anything I have in life."

    Yep, me too and I am really starting to think I was very very stupid.

    "That's that whole "path to citizenship" thing congress is working on but hasn't passed."

    Yep another amnesty for criminals. I love it and of course NO WAY possible that millions more criminals will waltz right in. That all ended right after the treasonous action of Reagan and that Congress with the last amnesty. Yep the borders were SEALED tight.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 5, 6:05 p.m.

    Pink stripe makes perfect sense. We already have too many illegals with regular licenses that are committing voter fraud. We don't need to add more.

  • justcommonsense Mar 5, 5:21 p.m.

    It's gotten to the point where it doesn't matter what inroads the illegals gain, they complain.

    You are here illegally. Pure and simple as that. There most certainly should be some form of flag on those licenses that you are now able to obtain. As another poster said, it will make it much more efficient should you be stopped by an LEO for any reason. They will be able to determine immediately what your status is. They won't have to waste your time, their time or anyone's time to check your status.

    This mess has everything to do with politics and who's vote said politicians are after (still) I, for one am sick of constantly hearing the whining of certain groups complaining all the time that they don't get special treatment, they feel like second class citizens etc, etc, etc.

    Nobody ever gave me any special breaks for work, health, homes or anything else. I follow the rules and work my backside off for anything I have in life.

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