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Best and Worst States to be Undocumented

April 2, 2015
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Source: The New York Times.

Source: The New York Times.

The states are often called “laboratories of democracy.” It means that states may try to solve problems in different ways.

Take the issue of marriage equality. Until the Supreme Court decides whether states must allow it, the states can make their own decision. Marriage is legal for gays in New York; it is not legal for gays in North Dakota.

An undocumented person can get a driver’s license in the state of Washington, but not in Arizona. She can get in-state tuition in California, but not Arizona.

The states that seem to welcome the undocumented tend to be liberal in their politics. California, New York, Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts are so-called “blue” states. They usually vote for Democratic candidates.

Some large farm states, such as Iowa, have mixed feelings. They know how important immigrants are to their agricultural industries. Yet, Iowa has joined three-dozen states in opposing the President’s new rules that defer deportations for some immigrants.

Texas is a border state. It has gone from trying to help undocumented migrants to opposing the new immigration rules. Experts say new district lines were drawn for the state legislature. The newly elected officials are very conservative.

A federal judge in Texas is holding up immigration reform. He says they will impose a hardship on the state.

The Attorney General of California disagrees. She said, “We know in California what we know as a country. Let us get everyone on board with the fact that they (migrants) are here. We are not going to deport them. Let us get into assimilating them.”

Source: The New York Times March 29, 2015

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