Friday, February 22, 2013

The New Non-US Citizen Driver Licence

All non-US citizens, including legal immigrants with a Green Card, will be branded as a non-US resident on the new North Carolina driver licence. Read more here.  Not content to merely point out non-US citizens by issuing a vertical type licence with a pink colour instead of blue, it is watermarked with the words "DEFERRED ACTION", contains the phrase "LIMITED TERM" in red on the right, and "NO LAWFUL STATUS" in red at the bottom. 

How would this work for any non-US citizen with legal status attempting to gain employment, buy a home, fly, attend university, not to mention if they are pulled over by the police who are now “immigration agents” who are required to detain and report to ICE those without lawful status pending being sent to an "Immigration Detention Center".

Legal immigrants are usually not under threat of deportation, so the words DEFERRED ACTION are an insult. They do have LAWFUL STATUS, so the phrase NO LAWFUL STATUS, together with LIMITED TERM are not only incorrect, but will make their lives especially hard.  

While many states, including Florida, are usually branded in some way to show who is a US citizen, and who is not, this is the most outrageous and unwelcoming style of driver licence yet.  I'm sure many states will like it and follow suit. 

This will contribute to the sense of disconnect immigrants are feeling with the rest of American society, and a  contributing factor to the reverse brain drain.  Talented immigrants who start businesses and provide jobs for Americans are leaving in large numbers for their home countries.  Some Americans are short-sighted enough to think this is a good thing.

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