Mario Perez has been operating his small truck driving business in the United States for 12 years. He left Mexico for a new life for his family in 2003. He says he’s been driving illegally for more than a decade, but the new law will make his business legal.
Hundreds of people lined up in early morning cold Friday as California began taking driver’s license applications from the nation’s largest population of immigrants in the country illegally.
California is one of 10 states that now provide licenses to immigrants in the country illegally. The licenses issued to immigrants without legal status will include a distinctive marking and are not considered a valid form of federal identification.
While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally are gearing up to apply for a long-sought driver’s license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.
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The Border Patrol is recruiting women to be hired as agents to serve in U.S. states bordering Mexico.
President Barack Obama’s executive order to spare some immigrants from deportation has galvanized Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates in California to push for expanding health coverage to a segment of the population that remains uninsured.
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people.
“I lived with a fear every single day as an immigrant of ‘What would happen to me? What if I got deported? What if I were separated from my children and sent back to Mexico?’” Selena Garcia said through a translator.
Brown said in a statement that the president “stepped up for hard-working families across America” in the face of Washington gridlock.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones cites the recent shooting of two deputies by an illegal immigrant as evidence the immigration process is broken.
“This was intended as its essence to the start of a national discussion,” Jones said. “I’m trying to assist the undocumented population who have lived in the shadows of this country and this state.”