Skip to comments.PA DA: Driver licenses for illegal immigrants could attract terrorists
Posted on 06/03/2014 12:12:38 AM PDT by P.O.E.
EASTON, Pa. -
A resolution passed by Easton City Council is not sitting well with Northampton County John Morganelli, who said giving illegal immigrants driver licenses could open the door for terrorists.
Morganelli said he respects the Easton City Council's decision, but he wishes law enforcement would have been consulted.
Easton Mayor Sal Panto said the council did its homework. Panto said the resolution is a way to show support for people who are in Pennsylvania illegally but still paying taxes. "It's not an ordinance of the city, it's not a law. We don't have that right," said Panto. "It's a resolution encouraging others to act."
Last week, the Easton City Council passed a resolution asking members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to pass House Bill 1648, which would provide all undocumented residents in Easton the opportunity to get a driver's license.
"Undocumented workers in this state have paid $134 million annually taxes," added Panto
"Accommodating and rewarding those who violate our immigration laws encourages others to follow the same path and gives immigrants little incentive to pursue the legal path of immigration," Morganelli said.
Morganelli said terrorists, similar to the 9/11 hijackers, could get licenses and carry out acts of terrorism in the Commonwealth and other parts of the nation. He noted there are other ramifications, as well.
"States who grant drivers' licenses to illegal aliens become magnets for illegal immigration," added Morganelli.
Morganelli said he is hoping other municipalities don't follow in the footsteps of Easton.
Panto knows House Bill 1648 needs more support to pass.
"I think the House bill is excellent, but I don't think it's going to move," said Panto.
Pennsylvania House Bill 1648 was introduced last year and has been stuck in the transportation committee since August 2013.
Easton City Council members defend illegal immigrant ID stance after district attorney's critique
A no brainer... a disaster waiting to happen.
Someone here posted a while back that giving amnesty to illegals is like giving a discount to shoplifters. Same applies here.
Since our road signs are in English, how exactly does that work with criminals not even caring enough to assimilate and learn our language?
How is someone still an illegal if they can get a legal license to drive here? Head is spinning.
Easton is probably a typical Democrat City. Hope the people of PA have more sense than this and let their legislators know what they think.