LatinaLista — Scanning today’s headlines reveals that even on a day devoted to expressing love and compassion — some in this country have a long way to go.
In Georgia, a bill to allow the seizure of cars of undocumented immigrants is gaining popularity. The lawmakers say that these immigrants are breaking the law by driving without a driver’s license. Yet, they don’t take into account that because they’ve outlawed undocumented immigrants from receiving drivers license, they are the ones who have created this situation.
The bill says that even for a minor traffic violation the car of someone who can’t prove they are legally will be confiscated.
Feel the love yet?
Oklahoma has passed some of the most punitive measures against undocumented immigrants and it seems they are now a role model for Texas legislators.
Some Texas lawmakers are looking at Oklahoma’s success with their immigration measures to see if it can be reproduced in the Lone Star state. Among the Oklahoma measures is the felony it makes out of people who “harbor, transport, shelter or conceal undocumented immigrants.”
And Texas wants to emulate this? If that’s the case, then more than half the state would be felons.
Arizona is another state that has enacted extremist measures against undocumented immigrants, but at least there was some hope for undocumented students who wanted to go to Arizona State University (ASU) â€” but not anymore.
Proposition 300 barred undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition rates at Arizona universities. So ASU created a special private scholarship for these students called the Sunburst Scholarship. Private donors gave money to ensure that each student selected to receive the scholarship would get a $12,000 grant to help with school expenses and bridge the difference in costs between in-state and out-of-state tuition.
Well, not surprising in these economic times, the funds have dried up and now several hundred students who dreamed of college now cannot afford to pay for it.
But the surprising news to Arizona lawmakers is that these students aren’t going anywhere. They’re staying home, in Arizona. So, instead of going to school to earn degrees that will enable them to contribute to tomorrow’s Social Security System, which the state’s Sun City residents depend on to finance their days on the golf course, the kids will be loitering around town – bored and maybe even getting into trouble.
Seems like a no-brainer on which scenario is best for the future of the Grand Canyon State â€” for those who have the vision to look ahead that is.
Happy Valentine’s Day!