Monday, April 18, 2005

Racism in Utah?

In Utah, there's a state law (that took effect March 8) that gives undocumented workers "driving privilege cards" instead of driver's licenses. With the card you can drive--but, in red letters, it says it can't be used as legal identification.

Many Hispanics are mad about this.

Veteran activist John Florez of Salt Lake City said: "You work hard, you pay the same taxes as anybody else, but the state legislature brands you as second-rate. I'm sorry to say it, but the real point here is racism."

This can happen nationwide if Congress passes the Real ID Act. The Senate is supposed to debate the issue this week.

Driver's License Curtailed as Identification
Critics Call 'Real ID' Issue Forcefully Anti-Immigrant
By T.R. Reid and Darryl Fears, Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 17, 2005; Page A03

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