Demonstrators poured out in the hundreds of thousands demanding fair treatment of immigrants. It worked!
Senate Panel has approved the Immigration Bill.
Feinstein won approval for the five-year program to permit as many as 1.5 million agriculture workers into the country. “It will provide the agriculture industry with a legal work force and offer agriculture workers a path to citizenship,” she said. The vote was 11-5, with Republicans casting all the votes in opposition. Kennedy prevailed on a proposal to allow an additional 400,000 green cards for future immigrants, regardless of the industry where they find jobs.
I think it is great that these people were able to influence the government. Something good happened because several people were not willing to just sit around complaining to one another. They got up and made their voices heard. Way to go!
On another interesting note…the EU has approved a stardard European driving licence which will begin to be issued during the years 2012-2032. Read more about it on the BBC news website. Maybe, by that time I will have saved the money to get one? In France, it is expensive. Plus, I would be considered a new driver even if I have driven a car since I was 17. This means higher insurance.
When we made the move to France we were in for a surprise at the insurance agents office. We wanted to get car insurance. However, since my husband had lived outside of France for over 1 year, he was considered a new driver. It didn’t matter that he had driven for over 5 years in France with insurance and no accidents before he moved to the States. So, that meant we had to pay a little over 140 Euro each month for a year. It recently went to normal at around 70 Euro a month. It is still much higher than what I paid for one driver in the States.
I didn’t understand the little “rule”. It was explained that because there was no way to know if he had an accident while living in America that he must be considered a new driver and a higher risk. My question to them (which did not go over well) was why did they care if it didn’t affect France’s insurance costs but America’s? What risk? It just didn’t make sense. But, what can you do?
We had to have a car even with the wonderful tram and bus system in Strasbourg. Three kids and grocery shopping with no car was done for several months on foot. I kinda miss it on warm days. Winter? My husband did the shopping by himself after working all day. He had to walk to the grocery in rain, snow or if he was lucky sunshine pulling the grocery bag behind him. At least it had wheels!
It seems that Ohio is one of the states that is accepted for a simple transfer from that states driving license to a French driving license.
I was told by the préfecture that my state, Ohio, was not included. I am assuming that it was not included at the time because the employee checked in a book even showing me the states that were. Ohio was not listed. It must have since changed and I was not aware of this.
Also, my husband and I were told that we couldn’t get proof from our insurance company back in the States that he had a clean driving record while living there. It seems we were either mislead by two separate insurance companies or these insurance companies have different “rules” than others in France. Samantha who is an American expat living in France informed me that she was able to do this with her insurance company.
Here’s the information I was given at the U.S. Consulate here in Strasbourg. Ohio is not on the list. The wonderful and kind man that always helps our family with any U.S. matters told me it was an old Guide for U.S. citizens residing in France (January 2001) and that information inside may be outdated. We went to the préfecture in Strasbourg figuring that they would know. Again, that is when we were told that Ohio was not a state that an immediate transfer was allowed. *frown* *double frown because they were wrong* We had even paid the 4 something Euro for my picture that is required for the French licence. I gave it to Angel Girl to keep with her.
To say the least, I am not real happy about that. I tried to check when Ohio was added as one of the states that have an agreement with France and couldn’t find anything. However, in 2001 there were only 10 states and now in 2006 there are 14.
Current online Guide for U.S. citizens residingin France
Embassy of the United States website
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THE INFORMATION IS NO LONGER VALID!!!!