Pink Stripe on NC Illegal Immigrant Licenses Eyed

Michael Biesecker, Yahoo! News, February 22, 2013

A new North Carolina driver’s license set to be issued to some illegal immigrants has a bright pink stripe and the bold words “NO LAWFUL STATUS,” raising concerns about whether the design will brand those who show it.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles announced last week they would begin issuing the licenses March 25 following a lengthy legal review. The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program grants valid federal work permits to qualified applicants brought to the U.S. as children without legal authorization.

Some Republican lawmakers in the state have balked at the idea, filing a bill Thursday to bar the DMV from granting the licenses until at least June.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina also takes issue with the designation.

“North Carolina should not be making it harder for aspiring citizens to integrate and contribute to our communities by branding them with a second-class driver’s license,” said ACLU attorney Raul Pinto. “There is simply no reason for officials to stigmatize people who are in the U.S. legally with an unnecessary marker that could lead to harassment, confusion, and racial profiling.”

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The issue is especially politically charged in North Carolina, where current state law ordains a driver’s license will be issued to anyone who holds valid federal documentation of their “legal presence” in the United States.

The office of the state’s Democratic attorney general in an opinion last month said that under federal law, DACA participants have a “legal presence,” even if they do not have “lawful status.” Therefore, state law requires that DACA participants be granted licenses. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration agreed, announcing last week the DMV would begin issuing the licenses.

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Among the concerns raised by Brody and other bill sponsors is that illegal immigrants might use their new licenses to access social programs or register to vote, despite the bright pink markings. An extensive 2011 review of the state’s 6.4 million registered voters by the N.C. Board of Elections found 12 instances where a non-citizen successfully cast a ballot.

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  • Don’t worry, they will get authentic licenses within the next two years. I’m sure of it.
    I don’t see the Republican Party doing anything about the issue, except agreeing 100% for those precious latino votes.
    After all, why should the Republican party do anything about it. Most of you white people without a clue are going to keep voting for the McCain Romney types.

    • ArmenianWN

      No self-respecting white should vote for the republican party

      • Jefferson

        Which political party should self respecting Whites vote for ?

    • Anon

      Why should they? The Republican Party, when it controlled the presidency and both chambers of Congress in 2006, voted overwhelmingly to extend the Voting Rights Act another 25 years. The Republican Party is not the party of whites.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Uh, what? There isn’t exactly a lot of support for Republicans in Race Realist circles.

      We tend to get mad when they basically tell Whites that they aren’t needed any more and will be pandering to minorities from here on out.

    • mobilebay

      This Republican will vote for Kris Kobach if he can be persueded to run. Oh,and I’m thinking seriously of changing the Repubican part. There must be somewhere those of us can go who are fed up with both parties.

  • Puggg

    Breast cancer crowd goes ballistic in three, two, one…

  • The__Bobster

    Why not paint pink stripes on the invaders themselves?

    Do they even have legitimate licenses in the first place? A lot of them have never taken drivers tests. They either have fake ones or ones from Mejico, which they bribed government officials to get.

    • boogieboogie

      After you tell them they are going to get one,have the bus out back ready to go to MEXICO….load’em up ,move’em out,,,rolling rolling,rolling

  • The__Bobster

    “North Carolina should not be making it harder for aspiring citizens to
    integrate and contribute to our communities by branding them with a
    second-class driver’s license,” said ACLU attorney Raul Pinto.

    _________

    Invaders are now “aspiring citizens??!! We don’t want to make things difficult for the squat monsters. They have no right to be here. They need to be gone.

    It appears that the nation-destroying ACLJ now has a Mexican wing.

  • crystalevans

    What they will be getting is a drivers license that will expire in two years when their work permit does. In Tn, the license actually says temporary drivers license that prevents illegals from registering to vote and accessing social programs. Temporary drivers licenses are given to those on student visas and Temporary Protected status.

  • mobilebay

    Why not have them read: “I am an illegal alien, but these idiots gave me a license anyway.”

  • Diamond_Lil

    No pink stripe, just photograph them in their native attire.

  • bigone4u

    OK, a pink stripe for the gay illegals, but what color will the stripe be for the straights? And will the bisexual illegals get both stripes. Oh, how political correctness makes my head spin.

  • odious liberal

    Let’s compromise and stamp them “NOT ELIGIBLE FOR HANDOUTS/ ASPIRING PARASITE”

  • obama pink house

    Why not paint the White House pink as long as the first faggot president is there.

    No explanation needed in case you needed one. In that case you are hopeless.

  • T_Losan

    Illegal immigration laws by country:

    Mexico: Felony (imprisonment/fine)
    UK: Felony (imprisonment/fine)
    France: Felony (imprisonment/fine)
    Germany: Felony (imprisonment/fine)
    Italy: Felony (detention/fine/deportation)
    USA: Political leaders and media debate semantics about “illegal” designation. Illegals elligible for driver’s licences, public assitance, public housing, public schooling, reduced-rate tuition.

  • Bill

    If they have no lawful status, why give the licenses to begin with? A bus ride to the border is warranted, not driving licenses.