Thursday, April 24, 2008

Checking for passports not supported by anyone


"I said, 'Who are you, immigration?" the man, a construction worker who spoke on a condition of anonymity because he fears deportation, said he asked the bartender. "It was a shock."

Daniel F. Pokaski - chairman of Boston's Licensing Board, which issues alcohol licenses - said he had never heard of local bartenders checking for a customs stamp before serving a customer.

"I wouldn't recommend it if, in fact, it does have the side effect of denying illegal immigrants the right to have a cocktail," he said. "I just think you're really taking a class of people, and based on the lack of a customs stamp you're denying them service. I'm not sure if I'm comfortable with that."


The law does not mention a customs stamp, which shows the date of admission to the United States. But state and city officials say the company can legally increase its requirements, as long as it does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, or other protected classes.

So, these people should be given operator's licenses for automobiles, then be able to go drink with their under-the-table cash...?

Even if these people work hard, doesn't the very definition of illegal immigrant mean this person should probably not be out in public, drinking it up and having a good time, while INS is (not) looking for him/her? Look at the last sentence in bold above. What are we supposed to do - include illegal immigrants in Title IX?

Uh-oh - scratch that - I think a bureaucrat in California just had a bright idea.

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