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Immigrants march for NC driver's licenses

Posted March 22, 2014

— Immigrant families and their supporters marched through downtown Raleigh Saturday in hopes of being able to drive in North Carolina.

About 100 people who support driver's licenses for immigrants living illegally in North Carolina marched down Fayetteville Street to the Governor's Mansion. 

"I'm afraid that I could get stopped and not really know what's going to happen next. I may be sent back to where I came from Mexico, or go to jail and pay a heavy fine," said Rafael Mendiola, who attended Saturday's protest. 

A recently released study by the state Department of Public Safety concluded that giving driving permits to immigrants in the state illegally should lead to safer driving, although there's no established statistical basis to verify that conclusion.

The study also listed the downsides to issuing the licenses, including more resources needed for the Division of Motor Vehicles and the influx of applicants, many of whom may not pass the exam.

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  • Danny Cole Mar 24, 2014
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    The states make up laws all the time. Or have you notice. Speed limits, on Interstates, Marijuana laws, or have you noticed, lately, States are trying to pass immigration laws that they can/will enforce for the protection of its own citizens. Why do you like it so much that our laws are stamped on by those who won't abide by them? I bet you'd be singing a different tune, if one of these illegals broke into your house, molested your wife and kids and left you for dead while taking everything you owned. If that happens remember, the local law enforcement agency can't do anything about it, because according to you only the feds can do anything to them, because the states can't touch them for being here illegally. Your the one who called it hypocritical for States to enforce their laws to protect the citizens, It would be hypocritical of you to complain if one robbed and maimed your family for the feds not doing anything

  • Terry Watts Mar 24, 2014
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    "by my determination"??? Not sure where you got that from, I have to guess you just made it up...

    I never said that the Federal Gov't is the only Law Enforcement Organization that is tasked with enforcing immigration law. I said that immigration falls under the Federal Gov't's jurisdiction, in that the Fed determines the law as it pertains to immigration to this country and not the individual states.

    If, as you say, "Federal laws are supposed to be set up so each state can enforce them with consistency and to make sure it is illegal in all our states not just some", why would you allow each State to make up their own laws that would be (by definition) inconsistent with the laws of the other states and the Fed???

  • Danny Cole Mar 24, 2014
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    Twtts1000 By your determination, if someone robs a bank, only the FBI can arrest and capture them as the laws governing banks are Federally controled. The state police cannot issue speeding tickets on Interstates as they are federally controlled. Drugs are against Federal Law, therefore local law enforcement cannot arrest Drug dealers. See how stupid your comment is that only the Federal Government can enforce the immigration laws? Our Federal laws are supposed to be set up so each state can enforce them with consistency and to make sure it is illegal in all our states not just some. You are griping about states trying to enforce the immigration laws, yet you probably think it is OK the States are ignoring the Marijuana Laws making you your own worse hypocrite on the boards.

  • Terry Watts Mar 24, 2014
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    Immigration falls under Federal Jurisdiction. It is hypocritical to criticize the Fed for not enforcing Immigration Laws to your liking, then to support States seeking to ignore federal jurisdiction and impose their own Immigration law.

  • veryfrustrated1 Mar 24, 2014

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    The current administration has brazenly & repeatedly stated that they will not fully enforce our existing federal immigration laws, and has gone so far, as I am certain that you recall, to sue states, that have attempted to pass immigration legislation that mirrors existing active federal immigration law.

  • Terry Watts Mar 24, 2014
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    Since you didn't specify as to which laws, I'll assume you mean to speak about our Administration's policies towards Illegal Immigrants: This Administration has deported more illegal immigrants than any other administration in our history. Even Fox News will tell you that.

    And I'm not sure what IRS policies towards certain political groups has to do with "this", a discussion of whether or not the State of NC should issue DLs to Illegals...

    And if you want to talk about "laws", with which part of my statement, that the USCon codifies which Rights the gov't can or cannot limit, do you have issue???

  • veryfrustrated1 Mar 24, 2014

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    Let us please discuss this in a civilized manner. When our leaders arbitrarily decide which laws that they will enforce or ignore, based on their personal politics, we are a lawless society. It is just the same for them to choose to enforce nonexistent laws, like imposing different IRS standards on tea party groups. We all should expect our government to enforce our existing laws equally. Any other standard makes it impossible for us to be a lawful society!

  • Terry Watts Mar 24, 2014
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    Thank you for demonstrating to everyone here that you are woefully ill prepared to actually discuss this issue in a civil and intelligent manner.

  • Edward Koch Mar 24, 2014
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    And thank you Mikeyfan5600

  • Edward Koch Mar 24, 2014
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    TWA1000 .....you really need to take off you're I love obbma glasses....I'm know you love your master unconditionally emotionally however illegal is illegal. Why is this vague to you?

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