California is home to the largest number of undocumented immigrants. The estimate is said to be somewhere in the millions. Previously, many of these individuals had no choice but to drive without licenses due to the demands of work and daily life. They risked legal trouble among other problems every time they got behind the wheel. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.
On January 2, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices began accepting driver’s license applications from undocumented immigrants. Thousands lined up at multiple locations throughout the state. The lines extended for blocks and even wrapped around whole plazas. By the end of opening day, more than 17,000 applications were processed. Read the rest »
On the heels of Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, Mexican consulates in the U.S. began distributing birth certificates to its citizens on January 15. Now it is easier than ever for Mexicans in the U.S. to obtain work and driving permits in addition to protection from deportation.
Previously, Mexican transplants could only get their birth certificates from government offices in their home country. Often, they would ask relatives or friends to retrieve them and send them through the mail. Unfortunately, it wasn’t uncommon for the important paperwork to get lost in transit.
Thanks to the new development, Mexican citizens can now have their birth certificates printed at one of Mexico’s 50 consulates throughout the U.S. Read the rest »
In a concentrated effort to bolster President Obama’s efforts on immigration reform, the White House and a number of federal agencies have launched a media campaign in hopes of dispelling fact from fiction. Entitled “Executive Action on Immigration: Know the Facts,” the awareness campaign hopes to educate immigration hopefuls on the various eligibility requirements needed for such programs as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), while dissuading those individuals who are currently attempting, or plan to enter the United States illegally. Read the rest »