Most Californians her age can drive. But Esquivel, a college freshman, was brought illegally to the United States from Mexico when she was 7. And California has denied driving privileges to immigrants lacking legal status since 1993.
Without a license ... I have to depend on others to do the basic things," said Esquivel, who lives in rural Parlier, Calif., has classes at the college four times a week in Fresno. "It's a big inconvenience."
But Esquivel soon could get driving privileges: She is one of an estimated million eligible for a new federal program that gives a deportation reprieve and grants work permits to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. California has the largest number of potential applicants.
I predict that more people will leave the USA. Why? Because they will want to belong to a country that belongs to THEM. America is slowly becoming a country that belongs to everyone - which is the same as belonging to no one.
And anyway, why not? If you jet and go become a citizen of Singapore and decide you want to live in the USA for a year or two, who's to stop you?? Certainly no border patrol or ICE agents! They'll welcome you back with open arms!