Skip to comments.LAPD Chief Charlie Beck: Give Driverís Licenses To Illegal Immigrants
Posted on 02/22/2012 4:59:09 PM PST by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBS) Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the state of California should issue drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.
The licenses dont have to be identical to those issued to citizens and can be a provisional license or a nonresident license, Beck told a group of Los Angeles Times reporters and editorial writers.
The reality is that all the things that weve done we being the state of California over the last 14, 16 years have not reduced the problem on iota, havent reduced undocumented aliens driving without licenses. So we have to look at what were doing, Beck told the group. When something doesnt work over and over and over again, my view is that you should reexamine it to see if there is another way that makes more sense.
Beck believes issuing licenses to illegal immigrants would improve safety on California roads and would, for example, reduce the number of hit-and-run accidents because illegal immigrant drivers would not have fear being caught without a license at accidents, according to the Times.
Beck has in recent months pushed to make a controversial change to the LAPDs vehicle impound rules for unlicensed drivers. The policy now calls for the car of an unlicensed driver to be impounded, but Beck wants unlicensed drivers with a clean record to be able to call another driver with a license, who would then be allowed to drive the car away.
The impound policy as it currently stands and the resulting fees and fines are an unfair burden on illegal immigrants, Beck has said.
The proposed policy change has been under increasing fire in the wake of at least two fatal accidents involving unlicensed drivers.
In February, three women died after the sport utility vehicle they were in slammed into a tree in South LA. The driver, Tenina M. Calhoun of Moreno Valley, was cited just a month prior by the California Highway Patrol for driving without a license, but her vehicle was not impounded.
Another woman was killed last month in a hit-and-run crash in Boyle Heights. Police said the driver, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was unlicensed.
...spoken like a man who could care less when some drunk illegal runs down an American citizen. HIS EMAIL SHOULD BE FLOODED EVERY TIME A CITIZEN IS KILLED IN LA, ALONG WITH THE MAYORS
Why anybody would bother coming here legally is beyond me. What does it get you except a lot of red tape that you could easily avoid by simply walking across the Mexican border?
Yo Chucky! You’re supposed to be a freakin’ cop! What part of ILLEGAL alien don’t you understand?!
Well, color me confused. This dweeb wants to give illegals a license and here in IL our last Republican governor is still in jail for doing the same thing. Of course, he was charging them a lot of money for them, but still he did the same thing. So will the LA police chief end up in jail too or will it be OK in Liberal-Land?
C’mon y’all! Where’s your heart?
They SHOULD be given drivers licenses. MEXICAN DRIVERS LICENSES!!!
They haven’t been able to stop illegals from driving, so this dipstick says make them all Drive legal and the problem is solved.
The reality really is that CA has done nothing over the last 14-16 years to curb illegals. Their policies actually encourage the illegals.
With that kind of logic, why not just hand out pot to dopers?
Goes double for Los Angeles and the LAPD.
What part of 2 years on the state farm or road gang does this idiot not understand? Betcha the incidents of illegals even coming to this country would dry up let alone driving if they didn’t get off so easy.
Will we pay for their insurance too?
With that kind of logic, why not just hand out pot to dopers?
Is this a great country or what.
Well he should just have them all move in with him. He can probably afford it.
Driver’s licenses for all illegal immigrants, valid in southbound lanes only.
Hell, he doesn't even have the balls to use the term "illegal alien", much less enforce the law.
The late, great state of California.
You know what I have a lot of respect for other states that require a birtcertificate for a DL no matter what state yo come from. Hats off to AZ, GA, AL, for making the law that they did, unfortunate in Calif we want to reward bad behavior. Calif has become a safe haven for illegals to run to because they will not get away with being illegal in other states. Giving illegals DL will not change a thing and this LEO needs to enforce the law not more bad policy’s.
Memo to California: Give POLICE BADGES TO PEOPLE WHO ENFORCE THE LAW.
Cops are union workers too. Anything to cut down on work while earning more money.
Let’s just cut the chase and give the illegals California.
They can take Pelosi, Boxer, Tom Hanks and the rest with it....
Yes, but if the illegal provisional license holder does not cause any fatalities or drunk driving related deaths over the course of 9 years, your rates might decrease. But might also increase, depending on how many tickets the illegals get in your zip code.
The list is getting longer every day.........
There was a time when the LAPD and the LA Police Commission was separate political entity from the city. Now its part of the political Downtown “politically correct” politics since the Rodney King beating.
It should also make it easier for illegal aliens to vote for Democrats. Why didn’t he say that?
A difference in licenses will allow the insurance companies to charge illegals way more legals. IOW: either illegals will not buy insurance or the government will subsidize them.
I agree with this if the purpose is to allow them to head south and drive back home where they belong.
Well, the election is around the corner and the illegals need lead time to get registered to vote.
Nah, don't have to. Just come to NM and you can get one and then go back to CA.
Republican governor Martinez has tried each of her two years in office to repeal the law instituted under corrupt former Gov. Richardson, but the Dems in the NM state senate have blocked it (the NM House has passed it both years).
> LAPD Chief Charlie Beck: Give Drivers Licenses To Illegal Immigrants
It will make it easier for them to vote demonRAT.
There really isn’t any mystery with his behavior and wants. He’s a police chief who knows in his heart his responsibility to protect and serve is defeated. He has a job in a corrupt California Government and he is trying to make his job easier, that’s all. He’s waiting out his pension.
Licensing illegal Mexicans won’t solve anything except make it easier for them. They still won’t get insurance, nor will it stopping the worst among the (those at the lower illegal alien strata) from driving drunk. It won’t stop a damned thing - except that this measure will make it look like authorities and government are trying to do something....nothing but Kabuki theater here. That state is done - over - gone - kaput.
IF an illegal with a driver’s license from the Los Angeles area, much less California as a whole, were to be involved with ME in an accident, I would sue Beck & the Calif Legislature out of everything they own.