undocumented drivers license

President Obama’s home state has passed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Behind New Mexico and Washington, Illinois is now the third state to approve such a law.

Under the bill, undocumented immigrants are allowed to get temporary driver’s licenses, which cannot be used as a form of government identification.

According to ABC News, illegal immigrant unlicensed drivers cause nearly $64 million a year in damage claims. Supporters of the bill say the new law will improve highway safety and decrease the number of traffic deaths because drivers will be required to pass a test for their licenses.

State Governor Pat Quinn supports the bill and said he plans to sign it into law as soon as possible.

“More than 250,000 immigrant motorists on our roads today have not passed a driving test, which presents a dangerous risk to other drivers. Illinois roads will be safer if we ensure every driver learns the rules of the road and is trained to drive safely,” he said.

Eligibility to obtain a license is quite simple. Applicants must live in Illinois for a least a year, show prove of residency and fill out necessary paperwork at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

What do you think? Would you be okay with your home state clearing illegal immigrants to hit the roads?

44 Comments

  1. Barbara

    I wonder if the vast majority of illegals were black would these politicians be so quick to put a strain (in most cases close to damn near depletion) on their cities’ resources?

    Everyone knows the answer to this one.

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    • EST. 1986

      Remember back in 2002 when a bunch of Haitians jumped off a boat and ended up on the Florida highway? I believe every last one of them were deported.

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    • Billy Paul

      Indeed!

      Actually, one may argue that this “push” to make the criminals legal further erodes the relevance of the Coloreds to the country.

      In particular, if Coloreds were not happy with the treatment that they received when they were numerically second to whites, what can they expect when their position is at best #3? One would argue that such treatment will be worse; hence, support for legalization can be construed as support for self annihilation.

      Be not mislead, we Coloreds have a right to commit suicide, but we should do so only after carefully analyzing the implications.

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  2. I don’ understand the argument that undocumented workers take jobs that U.S. citizens “don’t want.” I think a more accurate statement would be, “don’t want at the same wage that undocumented workers are willing to work for.”

    In this way, I see undocumented workers as being similar to scabs in union disputes. It would seem that if there was not a surplus supply of workers because of workers here illegally, employers would have no choice but to raise their wages for certain jobs, if they wanted the work to get done.

    I also understand how what I am saying sounds racish, so if anyone can explain to me why I am wrong…I am all ears.

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    • Liddy

      HI won’t say you’re “wrong” just that you are not stating the full story. Your account right now is pitting workers against workers as though employers don’t have a part in this. Employers are hiring undocumented immigrants and paying them less than they would pay Americans. If you want to stop the “scabs” you don’t go put pressure on people looking for work.You start to fine the employer or put them in jail. That’s it.

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    • Billy Paul

      Interesting comment; however, allow me to add the following:
      – undocumented worker is a PC way of saying that the person is a criminal;
      – Colored people do not owe any other group anything;
      – criminals should go to jail;
      – the US can’t afford (more like shouldn’t) to take care of another countries trash (i.e. excess, unwanted workers);
      – the plight of an undocumented worker and Colored people are not the same;
      – Colore people should not fight for undocumented workers, because they have/will not fight for them;
      – these groups of undocumented workers come from groups that have a different agenda that does not necessarily include Coloreds;
      – most (i.e. 51%) of undocumented workers come from groups that have a dispossitive orientation towards Coloreds; and
      – Coloreds have helped undocumented workers enough by allowing them to feed at the civil rights trough that the Coloreds died for.

      Be not mislead, Billy is not anti-immigrant, rather he is anti-criminal.

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    • Billy Paul

      Nope, not racist at all, just an honest evaluation.

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