Report: Unlicensed Drivers 3x More Likely to Cause Fatal Crash in CA
“A recently released Department of Motor Vehicles report is adding fuel to the debate over whether illegal immigrants should be eligible for drivers’ licenses. Unlicensed drivers in California — the vast majority of whom are illegal immigrants — are nearly three times as likely to cause a fatal crash as licensed drivers, according to the study,” the LA Times reports.
“One study shouldn’t trump the obvious — if you don’t want illegal aliens in the country, why do you want to encourage them to be on the roads?” said Bob Dane, spokesman for the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform. “It just defies common sense.”
If You Believe Politifact, You’ll Believe Obama
“In what sense has Obama presided over ‘four years of downgrading immigration law enforcement’? It’s Obama’s record-breaking deportations that make me think restrictionists have nothing to gain from ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ The ‘amnesty for tougher enforcement’ compromise doesn’t make sense if you’re someone for whom tougher enforcement is the draw. Personally, I think you’d substantially decrease both human misery and the pathologies associated with ‘living in the shadows’ if a ‘path to citizenship’ were passed,” says Conor Fridersdorf at The Atlantic.
Alabama Appeals Part of Immigration Law to Supreme Court
“The attorney general’s office has appealed a ruling on the state’s controversial immigration law to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing an appeals court erred in striking down a law banning the concealment or harboring of undocumented aliens. The petition for a writ of certiorari was filed Tuesday. The attorney general’s office declined to comment on the appeal Wednesday,” The Montgomery Advertiser reports.
Norquist: America Can’t Drive 55 on Immigration
“Anti-tax warrior Grover Norquist railed against politicians and pundits Wednesday who stick with an exclusionary anti-immigration view, comparing them to ‘stupid’ people who would have never abandoned the flawed 55 mph speed limit. He told state legislators and members of a pro-immigration business coalition in Topeka the prevailing national posture on the topic of undocumented workers was as poorly conceived as the widely disregarded highway limit imposed in the 1970s,” The Capitol Journal says.
“‘We have a 55 mile per hour speed limit on immigration,’ said Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. ‘First, we have to arrest them and fine everybody who has been illegally driving in this country over the years. Then, and only then, will we have a conversation about changing the stupid speed limits.’”
Ill. Sheriff Plants Foot in Mouth on License Bill
“An Illinois sheriff compared U.S. immigration policy to Nazi Germany recently. He made his comment while being questioned about his support for a bill to give driver’s licenses to 250,000 illegal immigrants in Illinois. Sheriff Mark Curran agreed to debate the controversial legislation at a public meeting on his home turf in Lake County, Illinois. At least, it was supposed to be a debate but then he decided that he didn’t want to debate the issue after all,” the Washington Times reports.