Immigration laws can be tricky since they vary from state to state. The New York Times published an interesting article this past weekend filled with simple graphics explaining which states make it harder and easier for illegal immigrants to get certain rights and benefits.
With immigration reform being a hot and controversial topic on the minds of federal legislators due to President Obama’s new programs, it’s important to understand how state legislators are reacting and treating them. Check out the complete article here. Below is a quick breakdown for Utah:
Drivers License: In Utah, an illegal immigrant can get a driver’s license using a birth certificate, foreign passport or proper evidence that they live in the state. However, most states demand a Social Security number to obtain a driver’s license, making it impossible.
Tuition Benefits: Utah allows illegal immigrants to get the same in-state college tuition rates as legal residents.
Support of Obama’s Reform Program: This is the controversial topic that has the country and lawmakers split. Utah is challenging giving citizenship to more undocumented immigrants.
Police Questioning: In Utah amongst other states, laws were passed allowing police officers to question anyone about their immigration status.
If you have any questions, problems or concerns about immigration laws and your rights, a 1LAW immigration specialist can help you with all your needs.
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