Towards A Good Samaritan World

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


This bill will, for no good reason, make life a little harder for immigrants without status:

Motor vehicle departments [issuing drivers' licenses] would be required to verify the documents and Social Security number. States still could give licenses to illegal immigrants, but they would have different designs or colors to alert security officers that they are unacceptable as IDs for boarding planes or entering federal buildings.

Someone I know is without status and is, consequently, not allowed to fly on an airplane. So this person cannot pay us a visit. Very sad. Probably someone you know is affected by this too. It's a little thing, in a way. But Martin Luther King was eloquent on the subject of how little acts of discrimination can make you feel like less of a person:

when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six- year-old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people...

Now we're going back to that. I'm ashamed of Congress.


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