Skip to comments.Tennessee has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants.
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.
Excellent news. Should never have begun in the first place.
Nice to see common sense prevail every once in a blue moon.
The question is....why in hell did they ever start?
About 5 years too late....But I suppose, better late than never.
My fellow 'Mericans, I have done XYZ to make us safer. Vote for me.
Hopefully they will next stop issuing them vehicle tags.
Tennessee plates practically outnumber Virginia plates in this county once tomato season starts.
What about the ones already issued?
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.
don't worry, New Jersey will be picking up the slack soon :-(
Was this in response to the "driving school" that was selling licenses?
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!!
I would like to see a Federal statute making this illegal, except for people here legally - e.g. visa, passport, green card.
Congrats. Finally, some spine, somewhere.
And now, we await word about who's going to sue the state because illegals aren't getting their way anymore.
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.
Tennessee quits giving driving certificates to illegal immigrants
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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 were doing whats 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 drivers 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.
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The court docs are probably already filed.
Numbers Don't Lie
It's time to address the issue of DWIs among illegal immigrants
BY TARA SERVATIUS
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.
"NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Department of Safety has announced it has quit issuing driving certificates for illegal immigrants."
Did they tell New Jersey?
The dumbasses only quit because they couldn't keep up with the demand, not because it was the right thing to do.
Set up the perimeter.
ACLU has a team in route as we speak....
Good news...when will the rest of the states start doing this? No more illegals voting in Tenn.
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.
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.
Hopefully, other states can take note.
Am I in before the ACLU has filed suit against Tennessee for "racism"?
Yep. But I kinda wonder what damage is unseen from it. Wonder if we'll ever know...
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.
How are those who are willingly violating our laws just by being in the U.S. supposed to survive?
Why in the hell did they ever start issuing them in the first place?!?
A good start would be to come here legally.
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.
"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.
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.
Holy spitballs Batman...Common sense takes charge! And someone ACTUALLY knows the meaning of the word ILLEGAL...
Probably because everyone who wanted one now has one.
Quit? Why the hell were they doing it in the first place?