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Anti-Immigration Group Blasts New Driver’s License Law

Californians for Population Stabilization Calls Legislation ‘Very Unwise’


Friday, October 11, 2013
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An immigration bill recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses has sparked opposition from Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a nonpartisan, Santa Barbara-based organization that believes population growth hurts the environment and hinders the overall quality of life in the state. AB 60 grants an undocumented person a license to drive to school or work if he or she passes the required written and road tests.

“We would prefer if Governor Brown paid more attention to get the million of Californians unemployed back to work, rather than making it possible for illegals to get driver’s licenses to get to work,” CAPS spokesperson Joe Guzzardi said. He explained that since undocumented citizens are not authorized to work in the U.S., laws to increase their ability to get to work are illogical. “It seems to be very unwise at the least,” he said.

“If I were an illegal immigrant, I would say, ‘Wow, it’s a more opportune time to come to California than in any other time in the state’s history,’” said Guzzardi. “The red carpet is rolled out.” He added poverty rates, unemployment numbers, income disparities, and overcrowded schools are indicators of problems in California. “More people means more urban sprawl and more consumption of natural resources,” Guzzardi added. “There’s a parallel between more immigration and environmental degradation.”

Proponents of the law, including Assemblymember Das Williams, believe expanding the availability of licenses will also increase the number of insured drivers on the road. “It prevents those folks from potentially losing those portions of savings every time they’re on the road,” Williams said, “even though they may be a good driver.”

Guzzardi disagrees: “The speculation that they will buy insurance is the same argument passed in New Mexico five or six years ago, and that didn’t materialize.” Nine other states in the country allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.

Speaking about the entire multi-bill immigration package now signed into law, Williams added: “Overall, this is trying to make sure people who, for all intents and purposes, are Californian should be a part of the community … they can take both the responsibility and the right.”

The new package of laws seeks to protect immigrants in California in several additional ways: prohibit local authorities from holding cleared suspects until Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrive; expand the definition of extortion to include a person who threatens to reveal an undocumented person’s immigration status; permit undocumented persons to become licensed attorneys; exempt qualifying part-time students attending community colleges from paying nonresident tuition; and allow the suspension or revocation of an employer’s business license if they retaliate against undocumented immigrants.

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CAPS' common sense is offensive!
Overpopulation is no longer a problem and is now an opportunity for govt workers,activists,advocates and anarchists.

garfish (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I too think CAPS is all wet at least as far as their philosophy goes. Immigration is the future of this country, but it absolutely needs to be the right kind. We need the best, the brightest and people with money to invest in this country. THAT's the immigration we should be striving for. We also need younger immigrants of working age as our society tends to get older. What we don't need is just to give a pass to people that break our laws. I agree with CAPS ONLY in that we should not be supporting policies that encourage people to break our laws. We have always been a country of immigrants, but we should use discretion in which immigrants we accept. We shouldn't accept people just because they cross the border illegally or overstay their visa.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 5:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How much $$$ goes to the government when people pay car insurance? Also, I'm SURE that illegal immigrants working menial jobs for minimal pay will be thrilled to pay the jacked-up insurance rates and of course have all sorts of disposable income to do so. (For the sarcastically-challenged--that was...um..never mind)

Also, once upon a time we didn't "need" illegal immigration so support our country, and certainly Japan, New Zealand, and a few other places I can think of have high standards of living without mass importation of de facto slave labor.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 6:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You don't think it's possible that they might choose NOT to get insurance?...no, that would be breaking the law.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2013 at 6:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

More people to pay taxes so our erected officals can cop more bread.

Byrd (anonymous profile)
October 12, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is a step backward. Overpopulation is still a terrible problem. California can't afford to give the illegals a free pass. Where is all the water going to come from, for all these people?

Raise your hand if you think illegal immigrants care about water conservation, being green or treading lightly on the planet. Not on your life. The Catholic Church tells them to reproduce like rabbits. Woe to all of us, when laws such as this, condoning illegal immigration, are put into play.

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 12:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It is no surprise to me that an anti-immigration group would oppose such a law.

buckwheat (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 10:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Ask a migrant why they moved to New Zealand and inevitably they'll tell you they hoped for "a better life".

Most never pictured themselves working 60-70 hours a week, earning just $8 or $9 an hour, for an employer who claims he too is just trying to get ahead.

Over the last three months I've been investigating the exploitation of migrant workers, often by small business owners who are migrants themselves.

Employers in hospitality, horticulture and trades are some of the biggest culprits. It's not uncommon for them to pay as little as $8 an hour - well below New Zealand's minimum wage of $13.50.

In my story on ONE News at 6pm you can see them in action - our covert footage shows business owners offering pay rates that would see most Kiwis double-over in disbelief."

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/amy-k...

tabatha (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 10:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Japan's Internship Training Program for Foreign Workers: Education or Exploitation?
Kamata Satoshi
Translated and edited by Nobuko Adachi

They fall deep in debt, and one trainee became so disturbed that he committed murder.

In 1993, when Japan still depended on foreign labor in the last days before the Bubble Economy burst, the Japanese government introduced a Foreign Training Internship Program. Although it was claimed that this system was designed to support foreigners in their acquisition of technical skills and knowledge of Japanese advanced technology, in reality it has been used to make up for a shortage of unskilled labor in Japan. Because the Japanese government is reluctant to invite transnational migrant laborers into the country, companies have had to look for new ways to find workers. As a result, many foreigners enrolled in the training-internship program—with valid three-year work permits—become a source of cheap labor, and end up working under wretched conditions.

- See more at: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Kamata-Sat...

tabatha (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 11:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Throwaway Labour
The exploitation of Chinese “trainees” in Japan
By Aris Chan
www.clb.org.hk
June 2011

In the early 1900s, young women from poor rural families in Japan’s
Gifu prefecture crossed the mountainous Nomugi Pass to work in
the silk factories of Okaya. They were forced to work long hours
for low pay in oppressive conditions akin to indentured servitude.
Their story was later immortalised in the 1979 feature film Oh! The
Nomugi Pass, directed by veteran filmmaker Satsuo Yamamoto.

In the early 2000s, tens of thousands of young women from poor
rural families in China crossed the East China Sea to work in labour
intensive industries across Japan in conditions not far removed
from those experienced by the Gifu workers. As the Chinese writer
and critic Mo Bangfu noted in a 2008 essay, “You really would
not expect to see Japan, which is now the world’s second largest
economy, acting out a reality series version of the movie Oh! The
Nomugi Pass.”

The reason for history repeating itself in Japan is not hard to find.
Since the 1980s, Japan’s manufactures have found it increasingly
difficult to recruit workers locally, particularly for low-paid,
labour-intensive jobs in the so-called 3K; kitsui (demanding),
kitanai (dirty), and kiken (dangerous) industries. At the same time, China’s economic reforms created a huge labour surplus in that country,
which had to find employment somewhere.

http://www.clb.org.hk/en/files/share/...

tabatha (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How can anyone say there are not too many people in the world?
The only reason population control is not on the top agenda is that the corporations want CHEAP LABOR and CONSUMERS. The owners and managers of these businesses get huge money from a few cents of profit per product and by keeping workers at bay for jobs. Whenever society has had a labor shortage (as after WWII) the poor and middle class have been able to compete and prosper. Encouraging the poor of countries such as Mexico to flee their communities and compete for jobs elsewhere only encourages the corporate strategy. Mexico and other countries needs to address their problems and wealth distribution internally, not use illegal immigration as a relief valve for the social explosion that is imminent.

RHS (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 11:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If these people have a driver's license from their home country, can they drive in the US?

Carpreader (anonymous profile)
October 13, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unless they are taking this driving test in English, I think this is a terrible idea.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
October 14, 2013 at 6:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I didn't realize Japan and New Zealand had gone down the same path. Much social strife will follow.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 9:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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