LatinaLista — The assumption by many state lawmakers is that if undocumented immigrants are denied a place to live and the opportunity to be a licensed driver, they will have no choice but to leave.
But it doesn’t work like that.
Because for every punitive, mean-spirited and unAmerican tactic to drive these people out, there are countless communities who believe there has to be a better way than persecuting the most hard-working (accused) lawbreakers in the country.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg cites immigration as being the key to economic growth and faults the presidential candidates for promoting a “xenophobic” policy on immigration.
In Michigan, undocumented immigrants used to be able to get a driver’s license.
Today, they can’t. What’s more, immigrants who are legally here but don’t have permanent residency can no longer have one either.
No one knows why the change of heart in allowing the undocumented to have licenses. For anyone who lives in a state with a high population of undocumented behind the wheel, it makes more sense to allow them to have licenses since more would also have to comply with insurance coverage.
Since they don’t have a license, they don’t need insurance either since they won’t be able to legally buy it. So, instead of making the rest of us safer, it puts us all at risk â€” with higher insurance premiums.
But it’s not about making US citizens safer and all about driving out the undocumented.
In Farmers Branch, Texas, Round II of the battle of denying undocumented immigrants a place to live just got expanded from apartments to houses.
According to the new law, undocumented immigrants cannot rent nor own a home in the town.
And EVERYone who wants to rent in Farmers Branch must pay a $5 licensing fee, after which the application will be compared to a federal government database to determine if the applicant is a legal resident.
The city council members who passed this law feel that it clears any constitutional hurdles since the last ordinance they passed not allowing landlords to rent apartments to undocumented immigrants still hasn’t gone into effect because of a judge’s order.
Knowing this, and having spent $770,000 from the town’s coffers in attorney’s fees in defending their last ordinance in court, the city council is displaying fiscal irresponsibility with city’s funds â€” especially since there’s no guarantee that this latest ordinance will be passed.
With the amount of money spent so far, the Farmer’s Branch city council could have applied that to creating a real solution to their problem and one that would bring the community together, rather than divide it further.
At any rate, towns like Farmers Branch, will end up paying a high price in the end â€” one way or another.