Despite the tightening up of identity requirements for state-issued driver’s licenses in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, there are still two states that issue licenses to illegal aliens: New Mexico and Washington. In New Mexico, Gov. Martinez has been urging the legislature to change the law to end that practice. In Washington, it is an issue being debated in the current election races for governor and attorney general. Under the federal REAL ID law enacted in 2005, states must adopt measures to assure that illegal residents do not receive a driver’s license or the state’s licenses will no longer be recognized as valid ID by the federal government for such purposes as boarding airplanes, and entering federal buildings. Yet, the defenders of illegal aliens continue to argue in favor of issuing driver’s licenses to the illegal residents. They assert “…when undocumented immigrants have access to driver’s licenses, it creates safer roads and allows them to purchase insurance.” (See FoxNews story) That argument is patently false. It ignores the fact that because of their generally low earnings illegal aliens are least likely to have well-maintained vehicles and to buy and retain insurance. Despite New Mexico’s allowing licenses to illegal aliens, it has the second highest share of uninsured drivers in the country. Further, illegal aliens – because of their immigration status rather than their insurance status – are more...Read More
Day: November 1, 2012
About The Author
Jack, who joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).
Despite the rhetoric of many mass-immigration apologists, it’s clear that immigration harms American workers. Immigrants have received a huge share of new jobs created over the last few years. And part of the reason is that they are willing to accept lower wages. This point shouldn’t be controversial by now. Berkeley, CA Council Rejects Detainers for ICE “In a surprising twist, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to decline requests from U.S. immigration officials to apply more stringent detention rules to arrested individuals depending on citizenship status,” Berkeleyside.com reports. “Advocates in attendance said the council made a landmark policy decision believed to be the most comprehensive and definitive in the nation as far as refusing altogether to cooperate with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program to detain and potentially deport non-citizens who are arrested.” Two-Thirds of New Jobs Go to Immigrants “Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years,” the Washington Times writes. “The Center for Immigration Studies is releasing the study Thursday morning, a day ahead of the final Labor Department unemployment report of the campaign season, which is expected to show a sluggish job market more than three years...Read More