By Frosty Wooldridge
While Congress refuses to secure our borders, we suffer 20 million illegal migrants working and living in our country. Several states harbor so many illegal migrants, their legislators attempt to sidestep laws by giving illegal migrants legal driver’s licenses. In other words, they make illegality into something legal.
Dan Stein, president of The Federation for American Immigration Reform, www.FAIRUS.org talked about this debacle this week:
“Illinois’ bill (SB 957) to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens is moving quickly through the State’s Democrat controlled legislature,” said Stein. “After being voted out of the Senate’s executive committee last week, the bill is expected to get a full Senate vote this week. It is quickly gaining support of both Democrats and Republicans.
It Won’t Make Roads Safer
“The safest roads are those that do not have unlawfully present people driving on them,” said Stein. “Giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in no way guarantees safer roads or that they will purchase insurance. New Mexico, one of only two states that grants driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, has the second-highest rate of uninsured drivers in the United States.
“By the same token, it defies common sense to say that the best way to combat accidents by illegal aliens is to give them all drivers’ licenses. It’s disingenuous to argue that someone who has openly violated federal immigration laws by being in the country illegally is going to have any more respect for the driving laws.”
It Poses National Security Risks
“Granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens makes them invisible to enforcement authorities by giving them the one document they need most to secure employment, transact business and register to vote,” said Stein. “This fact is especially disturbing considering that, unlike legal immigrants, illegal aliens are not subject to stringent background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine the existence of any national security threat that they might pose.
“The 19 terrorist September 11 hijackers carried among them over 60 state driver’s licenses. These documents allowed them to obtain housing, transportation and other accommodations without raising suspicion while they planned and executed their deadly conspiracy.
“Mindful of these facts, the first and most important recommendation of the 9/11 Commission was to tighten issuing requirements. Issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens – as Illinois intends to do – could not be more counterproductive to the Commission’s intent.
“SB 957 expressly authorizes Illinois driver’s license officials to accept consular IDs and foreign passports as proof of identification. States, however, do not have the capacity to verify the validity of these documents.
“Despite knowing these risks and the new requirements issued by Congress after 9/11, President Obama supported issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens during his first presidential campaign in 2008 which likely influenced his adopted state of Illinois.”
It Invites and Condones Illegal Immigration
“Illinois already has a welcome mat out for illegal aliens and not surprisingly now has 550,000 persons residing unlawfully in the state costing taxpayers over $4.5 billion annually,” said Stein. “Unless Illinois has a genuine interest in attracting even more illegal aliens, there can be no justification for extending privileges. The policy condones the presence of illegal aliens by providing them with identification and driving privileges which allow them to continue to live and work in the country unlawfully – all while they and their children utilize public benefits and services.”
Bush is Back Endorsing Amnesty
“On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush came out of seclusion to endorse mass immigration as the solution to our economic crisis,” said Stein. “He can now be added to the growing list of Republicans publicly endorsing amnesty and more immigration in the wake of the recent election.
“Bush’s reentry into the immigration debate was planned before the election and coincides with the release of the Bush Institute’s book “The 4 Percent Solution,” advocating for policies that spur economic growth. In his introduction, President Bush claimed immigrants “fill a critical gap in our labor market” while failing to address how amnesty and more legal immigration would affect the nearly 23 million Americans who are currently unemployed or underemployed.
“If anyone knows the challenges lawmakers face in reforming our immigration system, it is President Bush. Unfortunately for him, the opening for his proposals has come and gone. In fact, they failed when put before Congress and the American people. Now, Congress and President Obama must find a solution that serves the best interests of Americans, not the special interests who benefit most from Bush’s more is better immigration policy.”
You may contact Dan Stein at www.Fairus.org
Frosty Wooldridge is a member of the board of directors at FAIR.
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents – from the Arctic to the South Pole – as well as eight times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. In 2012, he bicycled coast to coast across America. His latest book is: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, copies at 1 888 280 7715/ Motivational program: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World by Frosty Wooldridge, click: