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Monday, October 1, 2012 - 7A

Bill would provides IDs
for illegal immigrants

Officials speculate chief
justice will side with

Proposed Calif.
legislation would
r grant driver's
licenses
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)
Some illegal immigrants
could get California drivers
licenses under a bill that Gov.
Jerry Brown announced he
signed into law late Sunday.
AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil
Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will
let the Department of Motor
Vehicles issue licenses to illegal
immigrants eligible for work
permits under a new Obama
administration policy. The bill
requires the department to
accept as proof of legal-residence
whatever document the federal
government provides to partici-
pants in its deferred action pro-
gram.
Cedillo said his bill will make
roads safer while letting young
immigrants drive to school and
to work. His reasoning drew
support from several Repub-
lican lawmakers, while other
Republicans argued the state
should leave immigration issues
to the federal government.
"It is a victory for those who
LIBRARY
From Page 1A
must be renewed each semes-
ter.
Lynne Raughley, the interim
communications director for the
University's libraries, said the
program, which was developed
this summer; is valuable because
it increases access to resources
for students and faculty at both
institutions, noting the strength
of EMU's collection.
"It's always beneficial to have
access to more content," Raughley
said. "I think in most cases, stu-
dents are going to find what they
need at this library ... but to have
such a close by collection that
may have areas of strength that
we don't is certainly going to be a
bonus "
Paul Barrow, a library infor-
mation resources manager, said
while anyone is able to enter Uni-

were brought here through no
choice of their own, played by
the rules, and are only asking to
be.included in and contribute to
American society," Cedillo said
in a statement.
He said California is the first
state to grant drivers' licenses
to the group singled out under
the Obama administration's
policy. Cedillo praised Brown
for choosing "public safety over
politics" by signing the bill.
"President Obama has recog-
nized the unique status of these
students, and making them eligi-
ble to apply for driver's licenses
is an obvious next step," Brown
spokesman Gil Duran said.
Meanwhile, Brown vetoed
AB1081, which could have pro-
tected illegal immigrants from
deportation if they committed
minor infractions. The bill has
been dubbed "anti-Arizona"
legislation, a reference to that
state's immigrant identification
law.
The so-called Trust Act
would have let California opt
out of some parts of a federal
program that requires local law
enforcement officers to check
the fingerprints of people they
arrest against a federal immi-
gration database and hold those
who are in the country illegally.
versity libraries, previously not
everyone had borrowing access,
and implementation of the new
program allows for better sharing
of resources.
"Whenever we can get infor-
mation out to people, it's benefi-
cial, and this helps to provide that
access," Barrow said.
Raughley said the new pro-
gram will assist students who pre-
viously had to utilize resources in
the other libraries, but could not
take the book with them.
"Extending borrowing privi-,
leges to a university so close is
just another way of making our
resources more available in a sort
of regional way," Raughley said.
Barrow said ultimately the pro-
gram will greatly aid students by
helping them receive the infor-
mation they need, noting that
students should be able to receive
their borrower cards quickly, usu-
ally in less than a day.
"Whenever we can get infor-
mation out to people, it's benefi-

It would have barred local
law enforcement officers from
detaining suspects for possible
deportation unless they are
charged with serious or violent
felonies.
Brown backed - compre-
hensive federal immigra-
tion reform, and said in a veto
message that federal agents
"shouldn't try to coerce local
law enforcement officials into
detaining people who've been
picked up for minor offenses
and pose no reasonable threat
to their community."
However, he said the list
of serious or violent felonies
in the bill is "fatally flawed
because it omits many serious
crimes." He said those include
child abuse, drug trafficking,
and weapons violations, among
others. He promised to work
with lawmakers to fix the bill's
wording.
California law enforcement
officials have turned over
about 80,000 illegal immi-
grants for deportation since
2009, though fewer than half
had committed a serious or
violent felony. The majority of
those deported by the federal
government under the Secure
Communities program have
come from California.
cial, and this helps to provide that
access," Barrow said.
He added that University stu-
dents that maybe concerned about
accessing books from a University
library that are reserved for EMU
students will not have to worry,
since the library can recall a book
if a University student requests it.
LSA freshman Becca Mulder
said she is glad the program is in
place and would use it if needed.
"It sounds like a great idea,"
Mulder said. "I would (use the
program) if they had the book that
I needed and U of M didn't."
LSA sophomore Logan Place
said he approves of the program
because it provides access to
books students might not have in
their own library. He said EMU's
proximity to the University also
makes the option more conve-
nient.
"There's the AATA bus system
and I also have a car, so it wouldn't
be too much of a problem to get
over there," Place said.

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New Supreme But Roberts will be watched
closely, following his health care
urt term starts vote, for fresh signs that he's
becoming less ideologically pre-
on Monday dictable.
It may be that the dramatic
cSHINGTON (AP) - health care decision presages
last we saw the chief jus- "some shift in his tenure as
f the United States on the chief justice," said Steve Sha-
, John Roberts was join- piro, the American Civil Lib-
ith the Supreme Court's erties Union's national legal
is in an unlikely lineup director. "Or does it give him
upheld President Barack cover to continue to pursue a
a's health care overhaul. conservative agenda?".
igressives applauded Rob- The first piece of evidence
statesmanship. Conserva- could be in the court's consider-
uttered cries of betrayal. ation of the University of Texas'
w, the Supreme Court is already limited use of race to
rking on a new term begin- help fill its incoming freshman
Monday that could be as classes, which comes before
quential as the last one, the court Oct.10. The outcome
the prospect for major rul- could further limit or even end
bout affirmative action, gay the use of racial preferences in
age and voting rights. college admissions.
ny people on both the Roberts has expressed con-
nd right expect Roberts to tempt for the use of race in draw-
n to the fold and side with ing legislative districts, calling it
onservative justices in the "a sordid business, this divvying
erm's big cases. If they're us up by race," and in assigning
the spotlight will be back studentsto public schools, saying
ustice Anthony Kennedy, . that "the wayto stop discrimina-
e vote typically is decisive tion on the basis of race is to stop
es that otherwise splitethe discriminating on the basis of
s liberals and conserva- race."
The written arguments sub-

USAID
From Page 1A
USAID fall semester program
that encourages students to vol-
unteer their time, contribute
ideas and even go abroad to sup-
port the organization.
In an interview before the
event, Shah said it was especially
exciting for him to return to his
former college town. He added
that the organization is seeking
to recruit as many University stu-
dents as possible, citing the cre-
ation of the Peace Corps on the
steps of the Union as an example
of the spirit of service embed-
ded on campus. USAID was cre-
ated in 1961 by an executive order
issued by President John F. Ken-
nedy to aid civilians overseas.
Shah noted that the structure
of the University and the mindset
of its students help lead students
to careers in humanitarian aid.
"People thatgoto Michiganare
go-getters," he said. "You have to
be because it's such a big school,
and that's good training for life,
especially in this work, because if
you really want to make changes
you have to be proactive you can't
be afraid of bureaucracy."
Many of the attendees identi-
fied themselves as student activ-
ists with interests in pursuing
humanitarian careers, or profes-
sors seeking to complement their
activities at the University.
Andrew Haig, a professor of
physical medicine and rehabilita-
tion, said he attended the event
to supplement his work in low
resource countries.
Policy Talks

"I'mtryingtoget abetter sense
of how the University can work
with USAID in getting some of
their objectives done," he said.
"There are so many things that
we're really good at, that they
need help with. We have to finda
way to connect."
During the lecture, Shah cited
examples of USAID successes,
including partnerships with the
University of Michigan in Jor-
dan, and the advent of mobile
banking in remote areas.
Shah said despite the 900 mil-
lion people, including 170 million
children, around the world who
live in hunger, the future is not
bleak. He noted that the innova-
tion in the food industry, vacci-
nation development and vitamin
supplements are positively pro-
gressive and that he believes such
methods will help end prevent-
able child death by 2035.
"You might say governments
are too hard to work for or too
bureaucratic, or how are you
going to reach children an hour
away from a paved road?" he said
before the event. "People said all
of those things, but over the last
few years we've seen the biggest
decline in children dying under
the age of 5, and a 50 percent
reduction in child mortality."
Shah offered South Korea as
an example of the international
benefits USAID can yield, namely
in developing a trade relation-
ship.
"If we want to be a vibrant
economy in the future, we need
to try to replicate that story, in
fast-growing African countries,
in fast-growing communities in

mitted by both sides in the Texas
case leave little doubt that Ken-
nedy, not Roberts, holds the
prized vote. The challengers of
the Texas program and the uni-
versity itself cite Kennedy's prior
writings on affirmative action a
combined 50 times.
The court also is expected
to confront gay marriage in.
some form. Several cases seek
to guarantee federal benefits
for legally married same-sex
couples. A provision of the
1996 Defense of Marriage Act
deprives same-sex couples of a
range of federal benefits avail-
able to heterosexual couples.
Several federal courts have
agreed. that the provision of
the law is unconstitutional,
a situation that practically
ensures that the high court
will step in.
A separate appeal asks the
justices to sustain California's
Proposition 8, the amendment
to the state constitution that
outlawed gay marriage in the
nation's largest state. Fed-
eral courts in California have
struck down the amendment.
Once again, many legal ana-
lysts expect Roberts essential-
ly to be against gay marriage.
Asia, and all around the world,"
Shah said.
He added that without'the aid,
chaos in fast-growing countries
generates ideal conditions for ter-
rorist groups, such as the Taliban
or al-Qaeda, to take power.
Shah said students interested
in international aid should pur-
sue an experience in the field,
regardlessof future career goals.
"It might work out and turn
into a career or it might not," he
said. "But either way it will be
deeply rewarding and I think
you'll learn something, as I did,
about how diverse, multifaceted
and connected our world is."
Jaclyn Sylvain, LSA junior and
president of ONE - an advocacy
group that pursues solutions to
poverty and disease in develop-
ing countries and co-sponsored
the event- said in an interview
after the event that she was pleas-
antly surprised with the turnout
at the event.
"I was very nervous walking
in because with crowd building
you never know what's going to
happen," she said. "But when I
walked in, it was completely full
and it made me so excited to see
that there was such a huge pres-
ence on campus of people who
are truly interested in this."
She added that listening to
Shah was inspiring and moti-
vational for students seeking to
serve others.
"It was nice to hear him speak
and to listen to his call to arms for
college students to get involved
and be active," shesaid. "I thinkit
made people feel thatcifcthey want
to change the world they have

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