Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Backdoor Attempt at Pushing Out Undocumented Immigrants?

Tomorrow, Rep. Tom Campbell (R-2) will introduce a bill in the state House that, if passed, would require anyone applying for a driver's license or instruction permit to provide "[p]roof that is satisfactory to the department that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law." It should come as no surprise that all of the representatives that are officially backing this bill are Republicans.

I posed the following question to a coworker of mine: what is the intended purpose of issuing driver's licenses? His response was something to the effect of ensuring safety on the road. Now comes the followup question: what does proving whether or not you are legally recognized by the federal government have to do with maintaining safety on the road? How is this not, in my view, a backdoor attempt at pushing out the undocumented immigrants from our state?

Furthermore, what qualifies as "satisfactory proof"? We need some answers.

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