Driver Licenses for Undocumented Aliens

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After September 11, 2001, many regulations were passed to protect the United States from terrorism. Among these, one requiring states to obtain proof of lawful presence in this country as a prerequisite to issuing driver licenses. Much argument was presented regarding the benefits and impacts of such a procedure however, due to the terrorism prevention hysteria exiting at that time, the majority of states enforced it. This action left many questions unresolved such as: Should immigrants residing illegally in this country hold valid driver licenses? In utilizing the two very distinctive sources selected for this assignment, one finds the consensus answer to be yes. However, both references employ dissimilar methods for disseminating the information. The CNN news web article “New Illinois law allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's license” written by Greg Botelho announces the signing of a new bill by Illinois governor Pat Quinn. It will temporally grant visitor driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Not intended for identification, but rather for driving legally, the key supporting reasons are to make the economy and society better. In agreement, the second source is a peer-reviewed article titled “More Than a License To Drive: State Restrictions on the Use of Driver’s Licenses by Noncitizens” written by Maria Pabon-Lopez. Pabon-Lopez supports issuing licenses, and thoroughly presents her analysis on the topic. An obvious distinction between the two sources involves formatting styles. Botelho’s CNN article is a concise, current event report employing informal diction. His online article has an attention-grabbing headline, and is surrounded with related videos to support the news. Thus, one can infer Bothelo’s audience is the general public, usually a fifth grade reading level. Simple sentences and short paragraphs emphasize his purpose to simply inform. Contrarily, Pabon-Lopez’s startling thirty-eight-page report is riddled with complex...
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