Undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and those wishing to visit and live in the states are closer to experiencing a reformed immigration system. Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi said this week that there are enough votes in congress to pass a bipartisan immigration reform bill. On Facebook, Pelosi stated, “With 28 Republicans having publicly expressed support for a path to citizenship we believe the votes are there on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill…It’s just a question whether Speaker Boehner can muster the will to schedule a vote.[i]”
Most people agree that immigration reform is necessary and important, a key bipartisan agenda.
As we have recently reported news stories about immigration reform, both Democrats and Republicans are agreeing that reform to the existing immigration systems is necessary. Nevertheless, there are some different viewpoints and demands. Southern border security, for example, is a Republican agenda item. Meanwhile, asylum and provisional status for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. is the aim of several Democrats.
Bringing the community to the discussion, Pelosi, making her statements, did so by using Facebook as a platform for questions and answers. Responding to questions posted on her Facebook page about immigration, Pelosi addressed posters who shared stories about how badly the current system of immigration laws have hurt them and their families. Many people oppose the current years-long waits for families and spouses to join newly documented immigrants. In response, Pelosi stated, “This is a perfect example of why we need comprehensive immigration reform. One of the key goals of our bipartisan bill is to reunite families. We do this by including provisions that reduce family visa backlogs.[ii]”
A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reports that, “As many as 500,000 people could eventually apply for the special permits,[iii]” that will be issued to the first immigrants living illegally in Illinois this December. The Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office will start processing applications on December 3, 2013 on a limited basis as part of the pilot program. There are four designated offices where applicants can apply for the Temporary Visitor Drivers License (TVDL) and take necessary tests and complete required paperwork.
The TVDL program in Illinois is another bipartisan success where both parties agreed that allowing immigrants on the path to legal status to drive legally, after being tested, and with insurance, on Illinois roadways. The temporary license is only issued by the state for the purpose of driving and it is not an otherwise proper form of identification like a standard issue drivers license which can be used for identification to fly, vote or buy a gun.
There are requirements for qualification and fees to be paid. An appointment must be scheduled because walk-ins will not be served. The appointments may be conducted in various languages. To learn more you can visit the Illinois Secretary of State’s website. There can be complications in the application process and if the applicant has been cited for driving violations in the past there could be eligibility concerns. For more information about qualifying for a TVDL you can contact the Law Offices of KiKi M. Mosley. Attorney KiKi M. Mosley is licensed to practice law by the States of Illinois and Louisiana. She is skilled and experienced in complex immigration law issues. For more information about the law firm, please tap/click here to visit the rest of the website, and do not forget to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” on Twitter or Google Plus.
[i] The Washington Times: Pelosi: Votes are there to pass immigration reform. By Jacqueline Klimas, Oct. 29, 2013.
[ii] See Washington Times article.
[iii] Chicago Tribune: Illinois to begin issuing driver’s licenses in December to people in the country illegally. By Monica Garcia, Oct. 29, 2013.