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Tennessee has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants.
AP ALERT | 2/24/05

Posted on 02/24/2006 9:06:57 AM PST by Brian Mosely

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Safety has announced it has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aliens; bordersecurity; driverslicenses; drivingcertificates; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; invasionusa; tennessee
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1 posted on 02/24/2006 9:07:01 AM PST by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely

Excellent news. Should never have begun in the first place.


2 posted on 02/24/2006 9:08:08 AM PST by jw777
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To: Brian Mosely

Nice to see common sense prevail every once in a blue moon.


3 posted on 02/24/2006 9:08:42 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Brian Mosely
RACISTS!!!
Sorry, I thought that was the natural reaction to things the GOP doesn't like.
4 posted on 02/24/2006 9:08:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Brian Mosely

The question is....why in hell did they ever start?

BigMack


5 posted on 02/24/2006 9:09:18 AM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Never under estimate the power of stupid people in a large group:)
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To: Brian Mosely

About 5 years too late....But I suppose, better late than never.


6 posted on 02/24/2006 9:09:37 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Brian Mosely

'bout time!


7 posted on 02/24/2006 9:09:48 AM PST by Grammy
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To: Brian Mosely
Is someone up for reelection?

My fellow 'Mericans, I have done XYZ to make us safer. Vote for me.

8 posted on 02/24/2006 9:12:06 AM PST by csvset
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To: Brian Mosely

Hopefully they will next stop issuing them vehicle tags.

Tennessee plates practically outnumber Virginia plates in this county once tomato season starts.


9 posted on 02/24/2006 9:12:32 AM PST by Gabz (Smoke gnatzies: small minds buzzing in you business........SWAT'EM)
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To: Brian Mosely

What about the ones already issued?


10 posted on 02/24/2006 9:13:01 AM PST by Stark_GOP
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To: Brian Mosely

Right on! Freepers rock - lets tell Bush and other RINOs we are not willing to sell our country to the lowest bidder. Seal our borders and take away all benefits to illegals.


11 posted on 02/24/2006 9:13:11 AM PST by sasafras ("Licentiousness destroyes order, and when chaos ensues, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.)
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To: Brian Mosely
Was there a special illegal immigrant drivers certificate or were they just not checking immigration status when you went in for a license?

If it's the first one, call me when they round up all those folks and send em home.
12 posted on 02/24/2006 9:13:18 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: Brian Mosely

don't worry, New Jersey will be picking up the slack soon :-(


13 posted on 02/24/2006 9:13:24 AM PST by sassbox
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To: Brian Mosely

Was this in response to the "driving school" that was selling licenses?


14 posted on 02/24/2006 9:13:54 AM PST by pnz1
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To: Brian Mosely

if the feds wont handle the problem, handle it on the state level.

REAL PROBLEM IS IRS ALLOWING TAX IDS IN LIEU OF SSN...

STOP THAT, YOU STOP THE PROBLEM!!


15 posted on 02/24/2006 9:14:11 AM PST by RolandBurnam (I WANT SOME PORK RINDS!!!!!)
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To: sassbox
Relax, the one's from Tennessee will find their way across the state line to Arkansas. Trust me.

sw

16 posted on 02/24/2006 9:14:54 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Brian Mosely

I would like to see a Federal statute making this illegal, except for people here legally - e.g. visa, passport, green card.


17 posted on 02/24/2006 9:15:27 AM PST by p23185
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To: Brian Mosely

Congrats. Finally, some spine, somewhere.


18 posted on 02/24/2006 9:15:46 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of news)
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To: Brian Mosely

And now, we await word about who's going to sue the state because illegals aren't getting their way anymore.


19 posted on 02/24/2006 9:17:01 AM PST by kcbc2001
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To: Brian Mosely
GOOD!
20 posted on 02/24/2006 9:18:26 AM PST by NapkinUser
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To: Brian Mosely

I think Governor Bredesen sees that he's in real trouble with all the arrests in the state legislature, the state troopers having their various problems and no telling what scandal's gonna break next, so this is something he could do to stop the bleeding. Still, it's a good thing.


21 posted on 02/24/2006 9:19:20 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: All

URGENT
Tennessee quits giving driving certificates to illegal immigrants
Eds: Will be LED.
By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee on Friday quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants so it can reassess the program, Safety Commissioner Jerry Nicely said.
The program was intended to improve driving safety by making sure that immigrants living in the state knew the rules of the road. But recent federal investigations had found that the certificates, which are stamped “not valid for identification,” had prompted immigrants to pay hundreds of dollars on the black market and travel hundreds of miles to get one.
“This program was a good idea in theory, but there have been issues with implementation,” Nicely said. “I want to give it a thorough review to ensure we’re doing what’s best for Tennesseans.”
He said the program is being temporarily suspended until a study of it can be completed. In the meantime, non-citizens who can prove they are in the country legally will be allowed to get the certificates.
Tennessee is among 11 U.S. states that have not required proof of legal residence to obtain driving documents.
The state started in 2001 issuing full driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, without a Social Security number requirement. More than 180,000 obtained licenses before 9-11 fears set in. The driving certificates were created in 2004 to satisfy homeland security concerns and about 51,000 of them were issued.
Nicely said his department has been overwhelmed with applications.


22 posted on 02/24/2006 9:19:33 AM PST by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: Brian Mosely

clap clap clap clap


23 posted on 02/24/2006 9:19:38 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: kcbc2001
And now, we await word about who's going to sue the state because illegals aren't getting their way anymore.

The court docs are probably already filed.

24 posted on 02/24/2006 9:19:44 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Joe 6-pack; cripplecreek; All

Numbers Don't Lie
It's time to address the issue of DWIs among illegal immigrants

BY TARA SERVATIUS
Published 2/22/2006

Most Charlotteans probably remember Min Chang, the 18-year-old UNCC freshman killed by an illegal immigrant driving the wrong way on I-485 in November.

There was genuine outrage in this community over a promising life cut short, and barbs were traded among some illegal immigration critics and pro-Latino advocates. But aside from police and a few district attorneys, no one took much notice of the fate of Tony Grier, 49, an African American security guard who was killed in March while walking along Sharon Amity Road. Geronimo Leocadio Villa-Gomez had a blood-alcohol level of .20 when he ran off the road and plowed into Grier, who died at the scene. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) say Villa-Gomez was in this country illegally.

In May, Shawn Michael Robinson, a 23-year-old auto mechanic who'd moved to Charlotte from Alaska was killed while riding his bike on East Peterson Street. Driver Mauro Aristides Dominguez Campos, who police reports say was intoxicated, hit Robinson from behind. The impact was so great that Robinson's body was thrown 70 feet. Campos fled the scene. ICE says Campos, too, was in the country illegally.

So were the drunk drivers who killed 21-year-old Jasmine Lawrence and Roberto Casillas, 47. Frank "Buddy" Cline, 33, was killed on his way to his job as a third-shift conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad when another illegal drunk driver crossed a median on North Tryon Street and crashed into him head-on. Cline left behind a 2-year-old son and a wife who was eight months pregnant with a daughter he never got to see.

A lot of people -- including me, until recently -- assumed most of the drunk drivers killing people on the county's roads were American citizens whose cases never get the media attention showered upon Jorge Hernandez Soto, the driver responsible for Chang's death. As it turns out, that assumption is wrong.

At the moment, 11 drunk-driving cases that resulted in the death of another person are pending in our court system. In six of those cases, the drivers are in this country illegally.

Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney Marsha Goodenow says her office prosecuted every drunk driver who killed someone during that period. None had charges against them dismissed, which means the DA's office isn't singling out illegal immigrants for prosecution.

At least three of the six men have been charged with drunk driving at least once before. I say "at least" because, as a group, the six men have about two dozen aliases. While the jail system is supposed to assign just one prisoner identification number (PID) to each person, one of the men, Noel Moreno, has two prisoner identification numbers and is known to the county criminal justice system as two different people, both of whom have drunk driving charges. Two of the men had North Carolina driver's licenses.

The hardest thing for me to get past in cases like these is that if our politicians had enforced our immigration laws, the victims in these cases, who died horrible deaths, would likely still be alive.

At the point in my research when I got so mad I couldn't see straight, I ran across 26-year-old Geronimo Villa-Gomez's mug shot, taken in the hours after he ran over and killed Grier. On Villa-Gomez's face is one of the most perfectly captured expressions of human anguish and devastation I've ever seen, and it stopped me cold. In a sense, he's a victim here, too. Like every other illegal alien who has breached our borders, his first act upon stepping foot in our country was to break our immigration laws. Working here meant breaking more of them. Why should we expect Villa-Gomez, who is now charged with second-degree murder, to be able to distinguish the laws we're serious about (drunk driving) from the ones we aren't (being in the country illegally)?

If our national politicians plan to continue pretending these people don't live in our country, then they need to set up information kiosks near the border that spit out pamphlets delineating which laws we intend to enforce and why. The current plan just isn't working.

In the meantime, we clearly can't leave it to a handful of crusaders in Mecklenburg's Latino community to educate these drivers, because at the current rate, within a decade, inexperienced illegal drivers will get drunk and kill roughly 70 people in this county.

It's time for a communitywide effort that begins with acknowledging there's a problem and that these drivers aren't going away.

Tara Servatius' new radio talk show, "Citizen Servatius," airs Sundays from 11am to 1pm on WBT-1110AM.

http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A7568
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25 posted on 02/24/2006 9:20:19 AM PST by WatchingInAmazement ("Nothing is more expensive than cheap labor," prof. Vernon Briggs, labor economist Cornell Un.)
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To: Brian Mosely

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Safety has announced it has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants."

Did they tell New Jersey?


26 posted on 02/24/2006 9:20:23 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: Brian Mosely

The dumbasses only quit because they couldn't keep up with the demand, not because it was the right thing to do.

BigMack


27 posted on 02/24/2006 9:29:35 AM PST by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Never under estimate the power of stupid people in a large group:)
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To: Brian Mosely

Set up the perimeter.


28 posted on 02/24/2006 9:30:21 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: kcbc2001

ACLU has a team in route as we speak....


29 posted on 02/24/2006 9:30:59 AM PST by HOTTIEBOY (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Good news...when will the rest of the states start doing this? No more illegals voting in Tenn.


30 posted on 02/24/2006 9:31:27 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

They quit because now that the amount of accidents caused by illegals is being documented, it is going to make an uproar. Before they just hit you and ran away.


31 posted on 02/24/2006 9:32:39 AM PST by I still care ("For it is the doom of men that they forget". - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: randog

I'm tired of having victories, then a lawsuit cuz libs can't figure out that we don't want their cr*p laws. Makes one grow very cynical.


32 posted on 02/24/2006 9:33:05 AM PST by kcbc2001
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To: Brian Mosely

Hopefully, other states can take note.


33 posted on 02/24/2006 9:36:07 AM PST by RockinRight (Attention RNC...we're the party of Reagan, not FDR...)
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To: Brian Mosely

Bump.


34 posted on 02/24/2006 9:38:15 AM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: Brian Mosely

Am I in before the ACLU has filed suit against Tennessee for "racism"?


35 posted on 02/24/2006 9:40:31 AM PST by pabianice (contact ebay??)
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To: Joe 6-pack
About 5 years too late....But I suppose, better late than never.

Yep. But I kinda wonder what damage is unseen from it. Wonder if we'll ever know...

36 posted on 02/24/2006 9:47:16 AM PST by b4its2late (Terrorists will either succeed in changing our way of life, or we will change theirs. - Rummy)
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To: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin

I'm sure Ed Rendell is right on top of this.

Dimwits love to talk about disenfranchisement.

Everytime an illegal gets a government service, votes or commits a crime, a citizen is disenfrancized.


37 posted on 02/24/2006 9:48:46 AM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: Brian Mosely
I'd prefer the headline to read:Tennessee has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants and starts issuing arrest warrants.
38 posted on 02/24/2006 9:49:27 AM PST by Mulch (tm)
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To: Brian Mosely

How are those who are willingly violating our laws just by being in the U.S. supposed to survive?


39 posted on 02/24/2006 9:51:45 AM PST by Man50D
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To: Brian Mosely

Why in the hell did they ever start issuing them in the first place?!?


40 posted on 02/24/2006 9:56:34 AM PST by KoRn
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To: Man50D

A good start would be to come here legally.


41 posted on 02/24/2006 9:59:47 AM PST by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: b4its2late
"But I kinda wonder what damage is unseen from it. Wonder if we'll ever know..."

That's the double-edged sword (or scimitar, in this case) being swung around here...

Much of this war is, by necessity, being fought in the shadows and while I'm grateful that some or even lots of activity is being preempted before the public ever hears about it....the public never hears about, and so the type of uproar or outrage needed to get our legislators to take decisive action never drowns out the pro (illegal) immigration lobby and enemy-rights activists. By contrast, if and when something does happen, we'll all hear about it...well, those of us who didn't get killed.

Every Tennessee public servant should hang their head in red-faced shame, scorn and humiliation that this revocation did not take place on September 12, 2001, and it took them this long to pull their heads out of their asses.

42 posted on 02/24/2006 10:00:46 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: HonestConservative

"Everytime an illegal gets a government service, votes or commits a crime, a citizen is disenfranchized."

Yes. On a major highway, the noteworthy driving abilities of an illegal allowed him to jump the median in his SUV, and almost kill my husband in the collision.


43 posted on 02/24/2006 10:01:26 AM PST by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: Brian Mosely

Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next?


44 posted on 02/24/2006 10:13:42 AM PST by sheana
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To: Brian Mosely
They should quit issuing license's for Tenn. natives. Worse drivers bar none.
45 posted on 02/24/2006 10:18:50 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: shield
Who needs illegals?? We have lots of dead people and nuts that think that they do not have to vote in their districts.
46 posted on 02/24/2006 10:22:04 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Emmett McCarthy

What difference will all that make when the republicans refuse to put up a recognizable candidate?

If Fred Thompson could be talked into running, Bredesen would be dead meat.


47 posted on 02/24/2006 11:06:45 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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Holy spitballs Batman...Common sense takes charge! And someone ACTUALLY knows the meaning of the word ILLEGAL...

oIw
Rocl


48 posted on 02/24/2006 11:08:06 AM PST by siwrcw03 (Stupidity of many amazes me.....)
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To: Brian Mosely
The Tennessee Department of Safety has announced it has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants.

Probably because everyone who wanted one now has one.

49 posted on 02/24/2006 12:49:52 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: jw777

Quit? Why the hell were they doing it in the first place?


50 posted on 02/24/2006 1:36:05 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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