Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Driving Illegal

Why don't we buy them cars too?
Wisconsin would join Utah as the only states in the country to give illegal immigrants a license to drive while still preventing them from using the state cards as official IDs, under a proposal before lawmakers.

The proposal also would prevent law enforcement from using the “driver cards” as a reason to ask whether their holder is in the country legally — a provision that drew criticism Monday from state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.
Damn straight it drew criticism. For once, Sensenbrenner's got a succinct point.
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, who authored federal legislation to restrict illegal immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses, said the card proposal would encourage people to be in the state illegally.

“If you’re not supposed to be here, you shouldn’t be driving here. It’s as simple as that,” Sensenbrenner said. “Permission to drive equals mobility to go around and get a job and do whatever you want to do.”

And one more example of how completely counter-intuitive this is? The card would:
Prevent police and state agents from using the card as a basis for asking about the immigration status of someone who “lawfully presents the card for its intended purpose.”

The proposal also would prevent insurers from denying car insurance coverage to a cardholder solely because of it.
Let's break it down.

So therefore if you are an immigrant here ILLEGALLY, you could show this "card" to a licensed law enforcement official or an insurance agent, who could therefore do NOTHING about the fact that you are in this country illegally and would likely have to continue to provide you with services usually given to those who are LEGAL citizens. Or just write you a speeding ticket and be on their way.

Is this a joke?

If an illegal applies for a license, shouldn't we take that opportunity for...oh, I don't know, DEPORTATION?

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