American Judges Association


Date of this Version

April 2001


Published in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association, 38:1 (2001), pp. 6-8. Copyright © 2001 National Center for State Courts. Used by permission. Online at


There are currently as many as 13 million illegal immigrants in the United States; 5 million are illegal Mexican immigrants, with 46,000 living in my home state of Colorado. There is a push by the Mexican government at both the state and federal levels to change the legal status of those immigrants. President Vicente Fox of Mexico recently added the issue of permitting undocumented migrants to apply for a driver’s license to his agenda for a meeting with governors from the United States. On the federal level, President Bush is now weighing plans to grant legal residency to Mexican illegal immigrants in the United States, including a “guest worker” program.

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