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New Texas Driver’s License Law Segregates Immigrants

Notimex/Diario La Estrella, News Report, Posted: Oct 24, 2008

DALLAS -- Texas became the first state in the country to segregate foreigners in their driver's licenses this month by issuing a separate license for immigrants, reports Notimex. Under the new rule announced by Texas Governor Rick Perry, those who are not citizens or legal permanent residents must show valid government documentation proving that their stay in the country is legal before they can obtain a driver's license or identification card. Driver's licenses issued to immigrants in Texas look different so police officers can recognize immigrants immediately, Notimex reports. The licenses include the words "temporary visitor" and show the date when their legal stay in the United States expires. Roberto Alonzo, state representative for District 104 in Dallas, said the Department of Public Safety has now “assumed the role of immigration officials and national security experts to enforce federal immigration law without the knowledge or training for it." Immigrant rights groups plan to appeal the measure.

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