Comment: California Buries Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden is now finally officially dead, from the point of view of US immigration policy. Since 9/11, organs of the US federal and state governments, and especially those housed within DHS (ICE being the most prominent example), have treated immigrants to the US with the (rebuttable) presumption that they were terrorists. This official government policy, enshrined in legislation (US Patriot Act, REAL ID Act, etc.), regulations, and memoranda, resulted in routine, systematic and inhuman contemptuous behavior by government staff toward immigrants. Now, thanks to Seal Team Six, and their countless support systems throughout the US intelligence communities, this has begun to change. Proof positive comes today from California which has today begun issuing driver's licenses regardless of immigration status. Hooray! This is a big step toward taking immigration away from the US interior and back to its borders and consulates, where immigration rightfully belongs. This is a big, and possibly fatal, blow to anti-immigrationists who have argued that even those in soup kitchen lines should be checked for their immigration status (the Sensenbrenner bill). We congratulate the State of California, and all those in California who worked to make this possible (none of which would have worked without Seal Team Six's killing of Bin Laden, which made ordinary Americans feel safe enough to revert to viewing immigrants as hard working human beings). We encourage all states in the Union to follow in California's footsteps - and yes, that includes all southern states too - this is a chance to get on the right side of history. 2015 promises to be a great year for immigration.

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