In Utah, a major scandal erupted over a license plate calling for the deportation of immigrants
Can a license plate that says a personal statement about illegal immigrants cross the line? Utah tackles this issue, writes Fox News.
On Friday, January 10, Utah officials said they had assembled because of a DEPORT ™ license plate to decide whether it violated state rules.
“Not sure how this meeting went. We're really surprised, ”said Tammy Kikuchi, a spokeswoman for the Utah State Revenue Commission, who oversees the state's DMV, told The Salt Lake Tribune.
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She confirmed that the license plate was approved in 2015.
Salt Lake City resident Matt Pacenza saw the sign and decided to post a photo on Twitter, wondering if this sign violates the fundamental principles of the commission.
According to Deseret News, in Salt Lake City, this post has attracted the attention of several state senators and the tax commission.
Many commentators agreed that the sign was “offensive,” “terrifying.”
Other users have argued that this could be a consequence of the freedom of expression of the First Amendment.
Utah law states that car numbers should not have "contempt, ridicule or superiority of race, religion, deity, ethnic heritage or political affiliation."
“I think there is a wide range of opinions in Utah when it comes to the immigration issue, which is good,” Pachenza said, according to Deseret News.
“I think it's good to live in a place where we can freely express our opinions and have different views on complex issues, but I think that license plates are not the right place for that,” she added.
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In the past few years, the Utah Tax Commission has banned requests for numbers such as 3MERL0T, 4TWENTY, and KKKADEN.
The commission also rejects requests for license plates that are vulgar, sexual, abusive or negative.
We will remind, earlier стало известноImmigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) staff can track vehicle location by license plate in real time. The agency gained access to the US license plate system.
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