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POLL: Should Legal Proof of Residence be Required to Register a Car?

After the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona's anti-immigration law, Gov. Deval Patrick is looking closely at the wording in a new budget provision.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick recently approved the majority of the 2013 state budget, however there were a few parts that he chose to veto or amend. One of them was wording that would require a proof of legal residence for anyone looking to register a car.

"Patrick did not veto the provision outright, but instead asked lawmakers to consider an amended version. While the bulk of the revised language in the amendment was the same, a key change would remove the phrase 'proof of legal residence' and replace it with 'proof of residence in the commonwealth,'" an article on boston.com said.

According to the article, Patrick said he would not go along with efforts to compel state authorities to enforce U.S. immigration laws .

"The recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court, striking down most of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, underscores the importance of states treading lightly in this federal space," the governor wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

The legislation that led to this being included in the budget was presented to the House and Senate in September.

, the legislation is intended to address, "to the extent possible, those issues under the control of the commonwealth. Absent a comprehensive federal solution to legal and illegal immigration, the commonwealth should act to protect its interests, and the interests of, and impacts upon, its residents."

What do you think about the change in wording? Do you think legal residence is important for registration?

Jim Rizoli August 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Rosie....Can I go to Mexico, Brazil whatever... and drive without a license for an extended time? Can I collect food stamps, and other social benefits? Why do the illegals think it's all about them? There are laws that have to be obeyed why is it so hard for people to understand that. Follow the rules and things will be fine, don't follow them and you'll be looking over your shoulder for a very long time. Americans just want you to obey the laws.....you want to change them. Jim@ccfiile.com
Bob August 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
There are reasons: that we have laws, that we cannot pick and chose which laws we will and will not follow, that there are lane lines painted on the roads, why we need licenses to drive and hunt and carry weapons. There are a myriad of rules and regulations that we as a society must follow routinely on a daily basis in the normal conduct of our lives. we can't just walk into someones home on a hot humid evening just to use their pool to cool off... There must be law and order or there is just anarchy. The US is THE most giving nation on the face of this Earth. There is no more generous, compassionate and giving people. We are a diverse nation that has taken in peoples from all over and all that we ask in return for the chance at the American Dream is to contribute to society, work hard and follow the rules, that we are all subject to. You don't start this relationship by sneaking into the my house through an open window and then refusing to leave...just because you want to use my pool.
Joe Rizoli August 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM
Great talk before our big wig politicians about giving licenses to illegal aliens my a man who worked in the immigration system, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies to numerous to mention. This guy Michael Cutler, knows what he is talking about. http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/cutlertestimony021804.html Joe Rizoli
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HyeAghcheg January 22, 2013 at 02:11 PM
The voters in this state deserve the consequences of voting in Deval Patrick. You want liberalism, you've got it. Now, pay up in taxes to cover the cost.

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