Would You Give Me a Ride?
Take a moment, please, to give your driver’s license a warm, friendly hug.
Last night I learned that my driver’s license from the state of Washington is being revoked. It’s not unexpected, given how I laid out in detail how I’ve been able to live, work and survive as an undocumented immigrant in our country. Still, it’s a sad feeling. In some ways, my driver’s license has been my life line.
As our campaign, Define American, continues to grow across the country — bringing new people into the conversation and changing the way the media talk about immigration — my small loss is a reminder of the collective struggle of thousands and thousands of other hopeful immigrants who, like me, simply want to contribute to our great country and live with dignity.
He can get a license in New Mexico, but he’ll have to actually live here.
He better be quick.
Gov. Susana Martinez, continuing her fight against the state issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, said Tuesday she will require at least 10,000 foreign nationals to verify that they live in New Mexico.
People from Poland, China and Mexico, all living elsewhere in the United States, have been arrested on suspicion of falsifying documents to try to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses.
Martinez says the fraud is pervasive enough that a New Mexico’s driver’s license is not secure.
“We are one of only two states that offer driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and our state has become a destination spot for people from other states and around the world who wish to receive an official government-issued ID card,” Martinez said.
Martinez, a Republican, tried but failed in last winter’s legislative session to outlaw driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. She said she would revive the issue for the Legislature’s special session this fall.