Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Some legal residents from Mexico are constrained by a "100 Mile Rule"


Another issue has come up with the immigration debate:  whether there is a “constitution free zone” along America’s borders, and whether the government can make certain kinds of searches without a warrant within 100 miles of a border or shore (or even an airport).  A typical writeup is here

But today CNN interviewed a woman of Mexican descent with a master’s degree who says she is allowed to stay in the US but cannot go farther than 100 miles from the border for work (which means San Antonio is not possible).  She says her family is in the “Rio Grande Valley”.  Don Lemon asked why she didn’t use her degrees to get a good job in Mexico, helping her family that way, and she said she wanted to stay with her family. Here’s a random article on senior jobs in Mexico from “Nearshore American”, link 
   
Later, on AC360 July 16, Jose Antonio Vargas explained that anyone who is within 45-100 miles of the birder may have to show documentation to leave the area, as there are interior border stations up to 75 miles away (I passed them when living in Texas and would be waved on because I look white).  . 

In 2002, there was a comedy film called "100 Mile Rule" made by a Minnesota filmmaker (about infiedlity of travelings salesmen, no direct connection to immigration). 


One other little oddity about legal status noted today.  TSA agents in a few places have not recognized District of Columbia driver’s licenses as legitimate identification, and in New Hampshire some bars have not, because law said that an ID had to be issued by a state or province.  Is that a statehood argument for DC? 

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