From The New York Times, via Donald Douglas:
Deportation Reprieve May Exclude Parents of Young Immigrants
By Julia Preston | November 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — Every time Berzabeth Valdez heads out to work from her mobile home on the outskirts of Houston, it crosses her mind that she might not come back.
Ms. Valdez, 48, is a Mexican immigrant who has been living in Texas for 11 years without legal papers, and so without a driver’s license. For her commute to her job as a restaurant manager, she keeps her taillights in working order and never speeds.
“We are terrified of the police,” Ms. Valdez said. “One traffic ticket could end in deportation. I could lose my whole life, everything I have gained for my family.”
One of Ms. Valdez’s daughters grew tired of living with those fears and joined an organization of young undocumented immigrants. The youths, who call themselves Dreamers, won protection from deportation from President Obama in 2012 and continued to press him to extend those measures to others in the country illegally.
More at the link. But let’s skip way down, to two more short paragraphs:
In October, Ms. Valdez recalled, her car was rammed in a rear fender while she was stopped at a red light. An apologetic American driver explained that she was wearing a new pair of high heels and had been unable to press the brake in time.
“Let’s just forget about it,” Ms. Valdez said, eyeing her crumpled fender, and she left to avoid calling the police…
This tells us a lot. Not only does Mrs Valdez not have a driver’s license, it has to be asked how she could have automobile insurance; if you don’t have a license, it is illegal for you to drive a car, and therefore any accident into which she gets is automatically her fault, since she shouldn’t have been on the road in the first place. Maybe a bumper thumper can be ignored, but what if she has an accident and someone’s car gets badly damaged, or someone is injured?
And there are other problems: if Mrs Valdez isn’t an American citizen or legal immigrant, how can she have a legitimate Social Security number and be paying her taxes? Is she being paid in cash, under the table? If so, it would seem to me that there’s a restaurant in the Houston area that is breaking the law. I am pleased that she is at least working, rather than being a welfare leech, but restaurant manager isn’t exactly the kind of job we think about when we consider the list of “jobs Americans won’t do.”
We have to realize something: when an illegal immigrant is living in the United States, the immigration laws aren’t the only laws being broken, and it’s unlikely that only the immigrants are the ones breaking the laws.