‘Driver’s license nightmare continues’

Matt Powers, Deseret News

This is Irene Christenson. She is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Served in the army. Has lived in her home state for more than ten years. Became a citizen almost thirty years ago.

Christenson has a Certificate of Naturalization. What she doesn’t have is a driver’s license.

Christenson has been trying to renew her driver’s license.  The Utah DLD requires proof of legal status.  According to this news article, her Certificate of Naturalization needs to be verified:

Homeland Security needs to verify the certificate, which usually takes seconds. When that didn’t happen in December, Christenson got a temporary license and was told it would take 30 days because her certificate is “too old” and not stored in a computer database.

That was six months ago.  Please note that Christenson is trying to renew her Utah license, not obtain a new license.  You can thank the Real ID Act for this.  And remember, brown folks, get yourselves multiple proofs of citizenship.  Because you might actually want to have a bank account or drive or something.

Don’t stand too close, you don’t know what they’ve got

Taken from the Facebook group “1,000 Strong Against the Immigrant HPV Vaccine Requirement”:

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in 2007 recommended that Gardasil, the only FDA approved HPV vaccine, be administered to females ages 11 to 26 in the U.S. This recommendation became an automatic requirement for those applying for immigrant visas or adjustment to permanent residency status when the government updated its vaccination list in July 2008. U.S. citizens are currently not required to receive the vaccination, and yet it is mandatory for prospective immigrants. Although the HPV vaccine has been deemed safe and effective by the FDA, it is not designed to combat the types of infectious diseases that the immigration requirements are intended to address. Moreover, the vaccine is prohibitively expensive-costing a minimum of $360 to receive the three-dose vaccination in addition to over $1,000 in filing fees-making the mandate an undue financial burden for prospective immigrant women and their families.

Tell the CDC to Reverse the HPV Vaccination Mandate for Immigrants Petition

You have until Friday.

(The title is something I once heard a woman telling her daughter who was standing right next to me at a market stall. That was over 30 years ago, but I still remember it.)

“Liberté”, “égalité”, “fraternité”

US citizens are not the only ones that need pieces of paper to prove they are indeed citizens.

If you’re requesting a passport or identity card in France, you should be aware that if you were “born in France and at least one of your parents was born in France”, your birth certificate “can suffice”. [My bolding.] If not, you will have to prove your citizenship.

In other words, if you were not born in France, even if your parents were, you will have to prove your citizenship. If you were born in France but your parents weren’t, you will have to prove your citizenship.

A previous passport or ID card is not proof. You will need to obtain a certificate of citizenship from your local courthouse, and you will need to apply well in advance of any plans to travel. This young man gave me permission to translate and publish his testimony: Continue reading

Answer to “how does racism harm white people?”

That question was posed here. Apparently Canada’s Labour Minister has an answer: it harms the economy.

Things to note in this article:

1) the acknowledgement of systemic racism and how it is not generally acknowledged

2) the fact that the number of poc who have never encountered racial discrimination is unimportant compared to those who have and to the number of white people who have

3) how apparently, racism in Canada is different from racism in the US… ;-P (just kidding)

Reasonable, ridiculous or racist?

The “debate” over “reasonable accommodation” of minorities in Quebec has hotted up in recent weeks.

The Bouchard-Taylor Commission, mandated by the provincial government in March, aims to report on the extent of so-called accommodation through consultation with the public and institutions, and make recommendations on what is considered “reasonable” – the benchmark being whether it respects common Quebec values.

The commission was set up following wide media coverage and public outcry at such incidents as the internationally reported “Herouxville debacle” and other incidents including the banning of hijabs on the soccer field.

With public forums allowing everyone to have their say, you would expect a fair amount of ridiculousness. But I honestly did not expect public figures to come up with such gems as these. Continue reading

Get your papers

All you vaguely brown people, better get your papers and keep them on you. And learn your heritage language–because you might end up there, courtesy of Homeland Security.

Apparently even speaking English as a first language is not enough to convince people you are in the United States legally or that you were born here. Alicia Rodriguez was pulled over after police ran her license plate number. Police then found that a woman with the same name was in the country illegally. Continue reading

‘ICE merciless on lawbreakers’

From the Salt Lake Tribune.  The writer details two cases.  The first is of Saad Mahmood Abdulaziz, a permanent resident who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor based on his attorney’s advice.  But because the charge involved domestic violence, Abdulaziz can be deported.

The second case is of Samuel Jonathan Schultz, who was adopted as a child from India but never received citizenship.  Continue reading