Undocumented immigrants in California are expected to apply for driver’s licenses in record numbers, NBC Los Angeles reported. Foreigners who are in the country illegally and reside there are benefiting from what is known as “AB 60,” a bill passed by the Legislature in 2013 that enables them to receive the documents in spite of their status.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles expects 1.4 million people to apply for a license in the first three years of the program and has expanded resources to tackle the demand. Prospective licensees must hold appointments at one of four newly created DMV offices. One of them, located in San Jose, will serve as a temporary processing center and has nearly 100 windows to handle expected rush.
Apparently, Mark Levin gets paid to go on rants about Latinos and television host Jorge Ramos…
Jorge Ramos Ávalos is a Mexican journalist and author based in Miami, Florida. He anchors the Univision news television program Noticiero Univision, Al Punto, and the Fusion TV English-language program America with Jorge Ramos.
According to the Huffington Post, the White House states that many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama’s new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age.
Under Obama’s actions, immigrants who are spared deportation could obtain work permits and a Social Security number. As a result, they would pay into the Social Security system through payroll taxes.
No such “lawfully present” immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care.
To remain qualified, either Congress or future administrations would have to extend Obama’s actions so that those immigrants would still be considered lawfully present in the country.
None of the immigrants who would be spared deportation under Obama’s executive actions would be able to receive federal assistance such as welfare or food stamps, or other income-based aid.
They also would not be eligible to purchase health insurance in federal exchanges set up by the new health care law and they would not be able to apply for tax credits that would lower the cost of their health insurance.
The issue of benefits for immigrants who are illegally in the United States is a particularly sensitive one for the Obama administration. As a result, the White House has made it clear that none of the nearly 5 million immigrants affected by Obama’s actions would be eligible for federal assistance.
The Obama administration first denied younger immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children access to health care exchanges and tax credits in 2012, especially disappointing immigrant advocates.
Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Anna Kooiman warned viewers on Sunday that immigrant children attending public schools and receiving school lunches would take resources away from the children of citizens.
“Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a leader in an anti-immigrant movement, agreed with a caller during his Sunday radio program that it’s possible that a Hispanic majority in the U.S. could conduct an ‘ethnic cleansing.’
Kobach made his remarks in response to a right-wing caller who asked, “What happens, if you know your history, when one culture or one race or one religion overwhelms another culture or race?”
Kobach understood: the caller was worried about ethnic cleansing.
“What protects us in America from any kind of ethnic cleansing is the rule of law, of course,” Kobach said. “And the rule of law used to be unassailable, used to be taken for granted in America. And now, of course, we have a President who disregards the law when it suits his interests…”