New Jersey Mulls Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens

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car-268450_640Pro-illegal alien lawmakers in New Jersey have set their sights on becoming the next state to hand out driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. The Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness is holding a hearing next week on Assembly Bill 4425 (A4425), a bill under which individuals who cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States can obtain a New Jersey driver’s license.

The bill’s proposed process for granting these licenses relies on a range of easily manipulated documents to prove identity, date of birth, and New Jersey residency. This includes items such as a consular ID card, a “student identification document,” or home utility bill. Other forms of accepted documents, such as a foreign driver’s license or federal electoral photo card, will necessarily be difficult for state officials to verify, as such offices undoubtedly do not maintain copies of each foreign driver’s license or electoral card issued throughout the world.

The illegal alien lobby’s sought after driver’s licenses would largely act and be treated like any other driver’s license. They would be valid for four years, and the illegal alien holder would be subject to the same privileges and responsibilities as other New Jersey drivers with a valid license (minus of course the fact they actually be in the country lawfully). While the bill states regulations must be issued that require the driver’s licenses to contain a statement on the front to the effect of “Federal Limits May Apply”, the bill nonetheless states that such designation should be “in the smallest font size contained on the license”, literally minimizing its impact.

Moreover, despite the fact the license proposed by the bill is designed specifically for individuals who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States, the legislation ironically stipulates that such license “shall not be considered evidence of an individual’s citizenship or immigration status….” And, as is the case with legislation assisting illegal aliens generally, the bill prohibits the license to be used as a basis for investigation, arrest, citation, or detention, essentially tying the hands of law enforcement who would effectively know that an individual they have just otherwise lawfully stopped lacks lawful presence.

Beyond tying the hands of law enforcement, granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens is poor public policy.

  • Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Poses National Security Risks. Unlike legal immigrants, illegal aliens are not subject to any background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine the existence of any national security threat that they might pose.
  • Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Encourages More Illegal Immigration. A driver’s license is a state benefit. Providing public benefits to illegal aliens only rewards illegal behavior and invites further illegal immigration. Illegal immigration results in higher costs of living, reduced job availability, lower wages, higher crime rates, fiscal hardship on hospitals and substandard quality of care for residents. It also burdens public services, increasing their costs and diminishing their availability.
  • Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Does Not Mean Safer Roads or More Insured Drivers. Granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in no way guarantees safer roads or that illegal aliens will purchase auto insurance. New Mexico, which grants driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, is also home to one of the nation’s highest percentage of uninsured drivers. There is no reason to think that illegal aliens, having disregarded so many other laws, would obey this one, nor have the incentive to acquire auto insurance.

Nonetheless, the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee is holding its hearing on the legislation Monday, Nov. 16, at 1PM. Introduced last May, sponsors of the bill include the Committee’s Chairwoman, Deputy Majority Leader Annette Quijano (D), Rep. Reed Gusciora (D), Rep. Raj Mukherji (D), and Rep. Grace Spencer (D). Members of the New Jersey Senate have introduced companion legislation, S2925, which has been referred to its Transportation Committee.

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    • avatar

      Edward Durfee who enforces the Law ?……The President, Congress of the People. Multiple choice

      A.- The President
      B. – Congress
      C. – The People
      D. – a and b
      E. – none of the above
      F. – All of the above

      Let ‘s see what you answer is. Then, fill out the below line

      Immigration Law is enforced by ___________________.

      Good luck!!!

  1. avatar

    I think given them a driver license IS A GREAT IDEA………..now we know who they are….you guys here are confusing the while thing….these guys will drive any way….at least now they will have insurance hopefully but the best..you will be able to know who they are…….

    • avatar

      Yeah, I’m sure all the drug gang members and other criminals here illegally are going to be rushing to get a license so we can “know who they are”. Laughable.

      • avatar

        Are you dumb or you just happen to appear to be one?

        Let’s say they come to your house to steal and they drive away……..your neighbor
        see the plate and they catch the guy..

        Leland your reasoning is frozen………your mind needs exercise……

        • avatar

          @No Change You appear to be for this as you may get your license and somehow feel like you are an American? Get off the site and crawl back under the rock you came out from under. We do not want any illegal aliens, criminals or others coming to NJ to signup for their free id. Besides, it is a privilege to drive in NJ that is provided to its legal residents.

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            Edward Durfee or should I say toffee………..you think with your rear on you forehead …….so you agree that the terrorrists in France should have never been given papers……….and able to cross the borders so that now nobody would know who did it…..somebody has to tell you but you have a limited reasoning capability…….

            Your genes should have improved by now….you should know you live i the land of my ancestors that paid for its birth……forefathers…..I have contributed myself to it not just taxes like you….so are you are no American you are a traitor…..by enabling potential people not to be identified in case of an attack against us….you dummy…

  2. avatar

    In my opinion you Democrats are trying to kill our country and state.What is the matter with you.I have to prove six points of Idenity and you want to hand over a license to ILLEGALS.Dont you understand the meaning of the word?

  3. avatar
    Jean-Claude Dehmel II on

    On the topic of making life un-livable for those who should not
    be living here in the first place:

    1) No ITIN (tax ID ) for non-immigrants.
    2) Use of false SSN triggers field investigation against employer and employee
    3) Databases of state issued non-citizen drivers’ licenses
    provide bases for immigration service detention.
    4) informant system
    5) foreigner deported along with putative u.s. citizen offspring.
    Offspring stripped of citizenship.
    6) Plyler v. Doe reform. Foreign National here without status to include infants, denied access to public schools and private schools.
    7) Emergency room entrants-patients. Hospital has mandated reporter status with respect to foreigner status. Burden on hospital no greater than insurance reporting paperwork.
    8) Expanded version of RICO statute with relaxed standard of proof regarding ‘foreign language populations’.
    9) elimination of sanctuary cities
    10) positive reporting to immigration service on foreigners
    giving birth while stateside and same applying for social services
    11) use of NSA, other domestic intelligence agencies in compiling database of likely removable foreigners.
    12) mandatory enlistment of local and state police authorities
    in Immigration enforcement.
    13) prosecution of individuals, religious and other institutions for acting contrary to immigrations laws. Mens rea standard replaced by strict liability.
    14) due process on immigration matters cut off at agency level.
    no access to federal courts.
    15) individual states, federal circuit courts not to have own rules.
    16) 1965 rules rescinded. New rules based on cultural homogeneity. White, Christian, Democratic government.
    17) New immigration measures to be positively anti-hispanic,
    anti-muslim, anti-third world.
    18) Expedited citizen ship for western Europeans. two years.
    19) prima facie non-deportable non-westerners subject to 20
    year wait.
    20) legal immigrants removable for misdemeanors
    21) remittances to non western foreign countries outlawed
    22) non-western foreigners not allowed to buy real property
    23) de-naturalization effort against foreigners generally (lied on application, anti-social behavior etc)

    • avatar

      Number 18 would never pass, because it would immediately be attacked as racism. It’s ironic though that the Mexican constitution openly discriminates against those from non Spanish speaking countries. Those from Latin American countries and Spain are eligible for naturalization years ahead of all others. Meanwhile the hypocritical Mexican government is always charging us with discrimination.

    • avatar

      Jean-Claude Dehmel n’est pas?……if #16 would be gone you would nt be here and the US would not have become a power and the middle class……………….you need to rethink a few things an be an American not a Socialist from Europe…..

    • avatar

      Jean-Caliude be careful……#17 makes you a Bigot……there are many Hispanics, third world citizens and muslims that are Americans and are blacker./whiter/ wealthier smarter than you that contributed…..you know what you d not belong here…..you got it all wrong……they should ask the questions above when you got the green card or US Citizenship…you would have never gotten it………all people equal……….read our Constitution …..you are a disgrace…….yes you can change the Laws but your can’t generalize = no Freedom…….!

      Example……how come you being here are not smarter than the richest man of the place that was born in Mexico yes a Mexican ……or the guys in Facebook……..? what have you done for your our country? ..pay taxes…not enough part of the system….so what really?…….I don’t stand by your bigotry………..we don’t do things that way here

  4. avatar
    Jean-Caude Dehmel II on

    Lars,

    On the topic of making life un-livable for those who should not
    be living here in the first place:

    1) No ITIN (tax ID ) for non-immigrants.
    2) Use of false SSN triggers field investigation against employer and employee
    3) Databases of state issued non-citizen drivers’ licenses
    provide bases for immigration service detention.
    4) informant system
    5) foreigner deported along with putative u.s. citizen offspring.
    Offspring stripped of citizenship.
    6) Plyler v. Doe reform. Foreign National here without status to include infants, denied access to public schools and private schools.
    7) Emergency room entrants-patients. Hospital has mandated reporter status with respect to foreigner status. Burden on hospital no greater than insurance reporting paperwork.
    8) Expanded version of RICO statute with relaxed standard of proof regarding ‘foreign language populations’.
    9) elimination of sanctuary cities
    10) positive reporting to immigration service on foreigners
    giving birth while stateside and same applying for social services
    11) use of NSA, other domestic intelligence agencies in compiling database of likely removable foreigners.
    12) mandatory enlistment of local and state police authorities
    in Immigration enforcement.
    13) prosecution of individuals, religious and other institutions for acting contrary to immigrations laws. Mens rea standard replaced by strict liability.
    14) due process on immigration matters cut off at agency level.
    no access to federal courts.
    15) individual states, federal circuit courts not to have own rules.
    16) 1965 rules rescinded. New rules based on cultural homogeneity. White, Christian, Democratic government.
    17) New immigration measures to be positively anti-hispanic,
    anti-muslim, anti-third world.
    18) Expedited citizen ship for western Europeans. two years.
    19) prima facie non-deportable non-westerners subject to 20
    year wait.
    20) legal immigrants removable for misdemeanors
    21) remittances to non western foreign countries outlawed
    22) non-western foreigners not allowed to buy real property
    23) de-naturalization effort against foreigners generally (lied on application, anti-social behavior etc)

    • avatar

      I am sorry I am all for the betterment of our country…….but you need to go back to your country or origin, your genes do not mix here……..