Guest Column: Driver’s licenses for illegals — again
By E.J. Pagel
Advocates for illegal aliens are trying again to provide them with Illinois driver’s licenses. They expect this new bill, when written, to easily pass in the lame-duck session. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is eager to sign this lose-lose idea into law.
Fairus.org informs us that Illinois taxpayers shell out more than $4.5 billion per year for benefits to illegals, while cutting assistance to seniors and veterans. This amount has been escalating for years under the Democrats’ control. State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, reports that the largest percentage of “Kidscare” goes to non-emergency health care for children of illegals.
Advocates for illegals say, “They’re already here driving around, trying to work and feed their families, so why not give them licenses?” That’s ridiculous, and missing the real point. Employers of illegals should be punished — landlords and bankers, too. Aiding and abetting an illegal IS ILLEGAL. How do these illegals buy cars, get the titles transferred, registered or not, get plates — or are they just stolen? What ID do they use?
The FBI tells us identity fraud is huge among illegals and because of illegals. A similar driver’s license program in Tennessee was ended because of identity fraud by the illegals. These people are not immigrants, they’re trespassers, and if they commit identity fraud, they aren’t “good people.” Homeland Security practically ignores the fact that terrorists are even more easily smuggled into the U.S. because they have unlimited funding.
What ID will they use to get a driver’s license? Is there such a thing as a Mexican birth certificate? Or just put down any name they tell you? That trick is already used in the issuing of passports and matricula consular cards, which have entitled illegals to every tax-funded benefit in Illinois.
Would they pay for their own driver’s ed? Using what ID? Or could they buy a fake certificate of driver’s ed — like the fake Social Security cards and the fake driver’s licenses?
Can we see the list of companies that would sell auto insurance to illegals, unable to prove their driving record, much less who they are? If they’re willing to drive without a license in the first place, why would they buy insurance? And, if any of us buys insurance from that company, IT WILL COST US DEARLY.
Some drivers allow their insurance to lapse. They often cause crashes, injuries, deaths and horrendous property damage, with no recourse for their victims. Why don’t we have to present proof of insurance to get plates or a sticker? They do in Florida and elsewhere — we need that here. Our Illinois Secretary of State only does “spot checks” for insurance. To actually make the roads safer, offenders’ cars should be impounded, as is done in the city of Elgin.
If I’m a U.S. citizen and have been driving around for years with no license and no insurance, I would be arrested and punished! But the advocates for illegals say they should just get a pass, with no penalty, but rather, a new privilege. We are repeatedly told that driving is a privilege — illegals have been doing it anyway — but now, presto! Go ahead, you’re OK for three years …? It’ll never end.
Advocates for illegals say THEY represent the best interests of the taxpayers of Illinois. They don’t have ANY of the logistics worked out to present to the citizens, but they tell us, “This will also raise revenue.” They are happy to use their lame-duck majority to stick it to the rest of us. Meanwhile, more illegals will have more reason to come here by the thousands, and they will.
Lastly, most illegals will not try for a license, they won’t buy insurance or pay for their own driver’s ed. In spite of that, citizens will pay for the extra bureaucracy, and for the consequences. Illegals won’t wait for the police to arrive at an accident scene. They’ll never admit any liability, and they’ll never pay for any of the damages they’ve caused. If that isn’t true, give us one example!
E.J. Pagel is a member of the Illinois Minuteman Project.
From the Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012, issue
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