Skip to comments.Myrick [R-NC]: N.C. must halt illegal driver licenses (bill would cut off $870 million to N.C.)
Posted on 11/09/2005 3:46:30 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina
WASHINGTON - Citing national security, GOP Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte introduced legislation Wednesday that would deny North Carolina $870 million in federal highway money unless it stops issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
Specifically, Myrick's bill would target six states that still accept taxpayer ID numbers -- issued by the Internal Revenue Service -- as proof of identity or residence by persons seeking a driver's license.
Besides North Carolina, Myrick's office said, those states are West Virginia, Illinois, Utah, New Mexico and Kentucky.
But Myrick, who is looking at a possible run for governor in 2008, led off her Wednesday morning news conference by focusing on North Carolina -- particularly the Democrats who run state government in Raleigh.
"Basically, we're here to call on the governor (Mike Easley) and the legislature in North Carolina to stop issuing driver's licenses to illegal aliens," said Myrick, who was joined by GOP Reps. Patrick McHenry of Cherryville and Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk -- both former members of the N.C. legislature.
Myrick's immigration bill, her third this year, targets an issue that has angered her base of conservative supporters.
North Carolina is home to an estimated 300,000 undocumented immigrants. For them, a driver's license is more than just legal authorization to drive. It's a government-approved ID, complete with a picture. Flashing this prized possession can make it easier to keep a job, cash a check or find a place to live.
For years, the North Carolina DMV argued that it was better that undocumented immigrants who were going to drive anyway be licensed to drive. That way, they'd know the state's rules of the road.
After the September 11 terrorist attacks raised security concerns, the state tightened the driver's license rules.
But not enough, said Myrick and the others Wednesday.
"Our feeling is that a driver's license is a privilege for citizens and legal aliens and it shouldn't be something given to somebody who broke the law," Myrick said.
But she denied that she was targeting Hispanics in low-paying jobs, who make up -- by far -- the biggest percentage of illegal immigrants in the state.
"This isn't aimed at any one race," Myrick said. "Our main concern is: Who's in our state? This is a critical issue today. They just arrested, down on the border, a couple of weeks ago, three al Queda members who came across from Mexico into the United States."
Good for her.
They're more than willing to let her do a little grandstanding to shore up her base, but nothing will happen beyond that. After all, who's going to take care of the grounds at the country club there in Charlotte?
In any event, it's a good bill, one which I hope will receive serious attention in Congress, ans apply some serious heat to the Dem-controlled General Assembly in Raleigh.
Sometimes you just have to talk to their wallets to get their attention.
It's not cutting anything. They should be happy with all the extra money they should not have gotten, to begin with.
Take that Easley and sho.... Never mind.
Methinks Sue is positioning herself well for a run at the governor's mansion.
explains why here in Maryland I see so many hispanic drivers who all have North Carolina License Plates..if you give them driver licenses keep them in YOUR STATE. NC is a disgrace to the USA you continue to support illegals. I believe some terrorists on 9/11 got ID's in your state.
There's been enough discussion to discredit the "slave labor" argument over the past two years. It's old.
Forfeit what? The national government shouldn't be in the business of handing out money for roads in the first place. Rep. Myrick is threatening to cut wasteful spending unless North Carolina stops handing out drivers licenses to criminals? This is what conservatism has sunk to?
Here in the mid-Atlantic Tennessee license plates generally mean illegals driving the vehicle. I don't quite understand why some states are still making it so easy to get a license and register a vehicle.
Discussion of Myrick's mention of Al-Qaeda caught at Mexican border here:
So a nice cheap way to put your problems behind you is to change the subject, hang out some red meat for the folks you just ticked off. And since job loss to foreigners in foreign countries : job loss to foreigners in this country :: CAFTA : illegal aliens, it's a fairly simple decision to go after illegals.
Gosh, that wasn't hard, was it? Poli Sci 101.
Really? When did that happen? Perhaps you imagined it.
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