Hispanic Group Sues Ohio Over License Plate Policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- A group representing Hispanic citizens is suing Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to stop the state from canceling vehicle registrations for thousands of people who cannot provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

The League of United Latin American Citizens said Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against Strickland and other state officials.

The state sent notices in October to owners of some 47,000 motor vehicles that their vehicle registrations will be canceled if they do not provide proof of residency by Dec. 8.

The group says many of its members are hardworking people who rely on their cars to get to work and could lose their jobs if the policy is enforced.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Chris Location: Marietta on Nov 30, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    Note to that Hispanic group suing: my mom recently had to provide documentation to verify she has insurance for her car. It is called the "Random Verification of Financial Responsibility". We both found it insulting that she, an American AND who ALWAYS has insurance on her car, had to provide proof. She had 21 days to respond to the BMV or her license wound be suspended and her registration and plates impounded. http://bmv.ohio.gov/financial_responsibility/fr_Requirements.htm#Random Bottom line, she's a citizen of Ohio but had to go through that process or else. An illegal citizen who doesn't have a green card shouldn't even be here, let alone get registrations and licenses for vehicles. I respect those entering the country by getting in line and get their status done legally. Sure it takes some time but once its done, you're a legal American. Fed Up is right about the SSN. If you don't have a SSN, you don't get licensed. Why should the rules apply to us but not them?
  • by joy Location: vienna on Nov 30, 2009 at 02:34 AM
    I think Tracey just likes to post her views and appears she is neither conservative nor liberal but always on the opposing side of the majority of those who comment here. That's good, she likes to get discussions going.
  • by dave Location: belpre on Nov 30, 2009 at 12:05 AM
    what a load of crap illegals suing because they can't provide documentation for a license. if they don't have it maybe thats why there illegal. i say get a green card or become a legal citizen or get out. if they loose there jobs well i say thats jobs AMERICAN CITIZENS can have god knows we need to reduce the unemployment rate. if they don't like it go abck to your own country and stop feeding off taxpayers money.
  • by tina Location: marietta on Nov 29, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    the illegals don't give a crap. they drive no matter what, no license, no insurance and drunk! try living in calif.,nm,or texas and you'll see just how they get by with everything, and one more thing, why may i ask is everything in english and spanish? i thought we lived in the united states of america not mexamerica! and it's worst in the west they expect everything handed to them! they get our government pay for them to live here illegally!
  • by Fed Up Location: Belpre on Nov 28, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    To legally drive a car, we all know you have to have a drivers license. To obtain a drivers license in Ohio, you must have an SSN. To have an SSN, you must be legal and be a citizen. So one would have to assume that if they're not legal, then they're not a citizen, then they don't have an SSN and that would mean they don't have a drivers license....and they're driving???? How is this happening???? And there's 47,000 of them doing this? How scary....
  • by Capt Harry Location: Marietta, OH on Nov 28, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    Kudos.....Ted
  • by Jim Location: Belpre on Nov 27, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    what part of ILLEGAL do these hisapnics not understand, their very presence in the state cuts down the available workforce for legal residents. I have nothing against immigration, providing it is legal. When I want to work I must submit proof of legality by providing information on an I9 form from the Immigration and Naturalization Service--what is good for one should be good for all
  • by Rick Location: Little Hocking on Nov 27, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    I think its a good thing that they are at least trying to get some of the ILLEGAL immigrants out of the state. I have no problem with people wanting to come to this country if they go through the proper LEGAL channels. By the way statue of liberty you might be suprised by what American Citizens will do if they are down to this job or starve!!!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Parkersburg on Nov 27, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    I know that as an employeed US citizen I had to show proof of my residency- I believe they need to as well. I know that my husband who has a college degree and no job would happily work a job 'fat and lazy American's' wouldnt want- the people who are here legally would likely love to have a job-even if it was mowing a lawn or picking tomatoes for minium wage, its 7.25 in WV-that is pretty good money if you dont have a job. If they are illigal and want to stay, then they should do what others did that choose to stay in America, study and become a legal US citizen that can speak English as their primary language.
  • by Warrior 1 Location: Columbus on Nov 27, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    The govenor is doing the "Right" thing. We need more of this at the state and federal level with illegal immigrants/aliens until they become U.S. citizens. And while they are learning what it takes to become a U.S. citizen, allow them time to learn the English language also. This borders on being ridiculous.
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