August 29, 2004

Governator vetoes immigrant driver's licenses

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will veto legislation that would allow nearly 2 million illegal immigrants who pass criminal background checks to obtain driver's licenses, a spokeswoman said on Saturday.
As he should...
She added the governor also wanted licenses for illegal immigrants to be distinguishable from standard driver's licenses, a provision not included in the legislation passed by state lawmakers.
How could that NOT have been considered during the drafting stage?
Minority groups have argued that allowing illegal immigrants, many of whom are Hispanics, to obtain driver's licenses could make the state's roads safer because license holders would need to pass a driver's test and buy car insurance.
The only vehicles they need to be riding should be large school buses en route to Mexico. (Hey, at least buses have seats, I could have suggested they ride in the back of a tractor-trailer.)
Critics have said allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses would reward those who break immigration laws.
We already allow them access to free medical care in our hospitals, why not let them have free driver's licenses too?

Source: Reuters

Posted by Kyer at August 29, 2004 01:38 AM