A random killing in California reignited the debate regarding undocumented
immigrants and police detention policies. The incident may affect laws
and procedures in Tulare County, such as AB-60 licenses.
In July, 32-year-old Katherine Steinle was shot and killed on Pier 14 in
San Francisco. 52-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a seven-time
felon who had been deported five times, was arrested and charged in the
slaying. In an interview, Mr. Lopez-Sanchez admitted that he went to San
Francisco because it is a “sanctuary city” that almost never
turns criminals over to federal immigration authorities. Republicans claimed
the incident is proof that the immigration system is broken, while Democrats
rushed to characterize the
killing as an isolated incident.
Mr. Lopez-Sanchez pleaded not guilty, and is being held in lieu of $5 million bail.
Undocumented Immigrants and Traffic Tickets
Thirty years ago, California was one of the reddest of red states. That
changed in the early 1990s, when the GOP took a stance on immigration
that precluded the undocumented from receiving many free government services.
Voters then entered a blue period, and haven’t looked back since.
One of the biggest recent laws regarding immigrants is AB-60:
AB-60 License: This substitute license for undocumented immigrants is just as good as
a regular DMV license, at least for most purposes. It serves as identification
and also may
help you keep your car if you get pulled over, because most police departments impound vehicles
of unlicensed drivers.
Incidents such as the one involving Mr. Lopez-Sanchez jeopardize the advancements
made, such as AB-60, that benefit the vast majority of law abiding immigrants.
Getting Legal Help
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individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
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