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Tag: Janet Napolitano

Aug.
16th

Immigrant license surge argues for two-tier system

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

What happens in Arizona doesn’t stay in Arizona.

That’s the conclusion some experts draw from the exploding number of immigrants seeking driver’s licenses in three states.

Washington, Utah and New Mexico are the only states in the nation that permit illegal immigrants to get licenses. All three are seeing a big surge in the wake of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Reporters for The Associated Press found one of the Arizona exiles just north of here, in Burien. Carlos Hernandez packed up his whole family after Arizona passed its new law and came to Washington. He cited access to identification as a key reason.

What’s more, crooks are making a lot of money exploiting the already loose rules.

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