Texas DPS is Hell-Bent On Saving Its Illegal Rules For Immigrant Drivers Licenses

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The state is fighting for its right to issue these licenses, which the state just outlawed. Huh?
Earlier this summer we told you about how state lawmakers slyly tucked into the school-finance bill a new law requiring illegal immigrants to prove their legal status before receiving a driver's license. Although civil libertarians and certain pinko newspaper guys decried the legislation as unnecessary, it actually contained some protections for non-citizens.

Under the law, temporary visitors no longer can be given "special," vertical drivers licenses that identify their status. Other visitors, who previously couldn't get a license at all -- people with six months left on their visas or with visas shorter than a year -- will be able to under the law. And the Department of Public Safety will no longer be able to ask temporary visitors for paperwork beyond what others have to show -- reversing a bizarre practice of forcing immigrants to show the supporting documents they used to apply for their visas.

"Not only were they asking for the immigration documents, they were asking for the supporting documents," says Luis Figueroa, Legislative Staff Attorney for Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "They were almost re-adjudicating someone's immigration status. They weren't even accepting a U.S. passport from someone born outside the United States."

That law takes effect in September. So when a judge recently struck down some old DPS rules that included these very same restrictions -- enacted in 2008 with support from Governor Rick Perry -- you might have expected that state would shrug and move on with its life, especially in the midst of a budget crisis.

You might have had the wrong impression about lawyers.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the California-based MALDEF, which argued that the rules unfairly targeted legal temporary visitors to the United States. After a hearing in Austin in May, District Judge Orlinda Naranjo ruled this week that DPS had no authority to enact the rules. Nothing in state law allowed denying licenses to certain visitors or requiring extra steps for others.

It was a victory for MALDEF, but a seemingly symbolic one, since the law that takes effect next month serves the same purpose. But rather than move on, DPS has appealed the ruling -- despite already spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in the fight. That includes $150,000 for MALDEF's lawyers and $25,000 more if the state loses its appeal, which seems designed to avoid a legal precedence stopping DPS from simply enacting whatever rules it feels like enacting. (A DPS spokesman declined to comment.)

Throwing bad money after bad -- that's the phrase, isn't it?


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paddyomalley
paddyomalley

Fcuk MALDEL and the rest of these useless trouble makers.  The best way to get rid of illegals is to troll their neighborhoods and when they, and there will certainly be heard of the cowards, is to open fire to protect your life and property.  We waste a lot of time and money  on illegal aliens and these so-called visitors are a big source of the free loading sobs.

Msdiva98
Msdiva98

I am so glad it has been realized that this type of license is very discriminating for permanent legal residents. Me and my spouse went to Drive Time to buy a car and this ignorant salesperson took one look at my husband's license and said they have a policy that they could not finance a car for a legal resident because" temporary visitor" means just that the person is here temporarily and leaving? His small brain could not conceive that a person could marry a U.S. citizen and have a permanent resident green card until their status is changed to citizen.  And, DPS is playing devils advocate by placing a scarlet letter on permanent residents with this "temorary visitor" connotation. We do have auto insurance by the way with USAA, as I am a captain in the military.

anevile
anevile

Why would someone born outside of the US have a US passport?

amuncat
amuncat

When are we going to see a law that protects American citizens...and is enforced?!!!

I just read with a sick heart about the Mexican truckers who will be coming our way. This puts thousands of American truckers out of jobs!  The article is in USA Today, about two headlines below the sad American unemployment situation. Folks, as I told you before, we are on our own!!!!

scottindallas
scottindallas

if all our immigrants looked like Mary De Lure, in the photo, somehow I think we'd have less vindictiveness over illegal immigration.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

 Looks great to me, but instead of a red box can we add a little yellow star or a pink triangle?

eastdallasgirl1
eastdallasgirl1

Are 'Temporary Visitors' required to carry auto insurance?  I was in court and noticed that there were quite a few violators that carried these cards, but could not file the insurance claim. How are citizens protected?

Rooster
Rooster

Trying to care...Trying to care...Nope...Not feeling it...

Basti Auser
Basti Auser

GOVERNMENT

"AFTERLIFE" FLASH & CASH $$$$$ MOB or

 REAL SHOOTING IN UTOYA, NORWAY !!?

 http://stateofterror.blogspot.... or http://stateofterror.wordpress...

TEARS OF SORROW AND PAIN ON FACES OF MOURNERS

 OR TEAR GAS AND THEATER/HYPOCRISY ON FACES OF

MULTICULTURALISM MANIACS !!? NORWEGIAN OSLO

POLICE or COMMUNIST/LIBERAL CRIMINALS IN BLUE

UNIFORMS WHO WERE PREPARING FOR TERROR AGAINST

 NORWAY ALREADY HALF DECADE AHEAD !!? No doubt about bombing in Oslo, but what about shooting in Utoya which was no different from the one in Arizona !!!? WILL THERE BE OBAMINATOR MORALES'S APOCALYPSE NOW OR TOTAL WAR AGAINST NEW WORLD ORDER (multiculturalism)  !!? STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK (90 minutes vs 30 and for government vehicles or police even 20 minutes the most) !!!  OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION

http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c... or

http://avsecbostjan.wordpress....

COMMUNISM(Slowenien/Slovenia) IN CENTRAL & EASTERN

EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.... or

  http://easterneuropetoday.word...

Russp
Russp

Will this fall under Rick Perry's loser pays law?

paddyomalley
paddyomalley

Who cares, your husband is just another illegal marring some idiot to get his permanent status.

Jay
Jay

Ah. Equating the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust with the inconvenience immigrants face renewing their drivers license. Really?

pak152
pak152

hahaha you a funnee fellow

mantikos
mantikos

Anyone driving a car is required to have insurance

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Good effort, Rooster. Good effort.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

It won't, Russp. Although it would be funny (however unlikely)  if the state ever fell victim to that law.

anevile
anevile

which only those who follow the law do

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