Illegal immigrants drawn to 3 states for driver's licensesSharp increase in N.M., Utah and Wash. tied to Arizona's crackdown
Carlos Hernandez packed up his family and left Arizona after the state passed its sweeping immigration crackdown. The illegal immigrant's new home outside Seattle offered something Arizona could not: a driver's license. I wonder what this man doesn't understand about being here ILLEGALLY? I do not support ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION into our country. I wonder what Mr. Hernandez is doing for a living in Seattle and who is hiring him. His employers should be penalized and Mr. Hernandez should have to follow the proper LEGAL immigration process if he wants to have less difficulty.
Three states — Washington, New Mexico and Utah — allow illegal immigrants to get licenses because their laws do not require proof of citizenship or legal residency. An Associated Press analysis found that those states have seen a surge in immigrants seeking IDs in recent months, a trend experts attribute to crackdowns on illegal immigration in Arizona and elsewhere.
"It's difficult being undocumented and not having an identification," said Hernandez, of Puebla, Mexico.