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  • Jose Antonio Vargas and the End of Driver’s Licenses: If He Doesn't Need One, Who Does?

    07/16/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/16/2014 | Jim Geraghty
    CNN chose to describe the recently detained Jose Antonio Vargas, longtime journalist for U.S. publications and legal citizen of the Philippines, as a “symbol of the immigration debate.” The news network aired his documentary, Undocumented, several times. At the heart of Vargas’s viewpoint — and CNN’s decision to refer to him as a symbol, as opposed to, say, a scofflaw — is the notion that it is unfair to deny citizenship to him, considering his circumstances. Vargas came to the United States from the Philippines when he was 12 and didn’t learn he was in the country illegally until...
  • Illegal immigrants in D.C. fail written driver’s test at 80% rate

    07/15/2014 6:25:54 PM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2014 | Crystal Hill
    Four out of five illegal immigrants seeking driver’s licenses under a new D.C. law have failed a written knowledge test — a rocky start to a program that in its first two months has issued 268 licenses, according to city officials. The failure rate of 80 percent compares with a 58 percent failure rate for people seeking traditional driver’s licenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles told a D.C. Council committee. In addition, a check of the DMV website this week shows a massive backlog in appointments required to apply for the District’s “limited-purpose license.” The first available date for an...
  • Poll: Should Illegal Immigrants Have NJ Drivers’ Licenses?

    03/11/2014 4:34:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 25 replies
    101.5 FM ^ | 3.10.14 | Jim Gearhart Show
    Could the third time really be a ‘charm’ in New Jersey? We’re not so sure how many in New Jersey would really find it a charm though.NJ Driver’s License (New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission) According to, another effort is underway to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license. Under the state legislature measure, New Jersey would issue “driving privilege” cards to undocumented immigrants.Similar bills were introduced in 2006 and 2008 but neither advanced and were never introduced to the Senate.Senator Joe Vitale says that the measure is about “public safety,” but where is the protection in...
  • One in eight Minnesotans on the road don't have valid licenses

    02/05/2014 3:06:20 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    MPLS Star,Tribune ^ | 2-5-14 | Tim Harlow
    A startling number of Minnesota drivers don't have a valid license and should not be behind the wheel. A KARE-TV/MPR report found that approximately 1 in 8 drivers don't have driving privileges because their licenses have been suspended, revoked, canceled or disqualified. In some cases, they had no license at all. Yet they still drive. Reporter Trisha Volpe analyzed court records between 2008 and 2013 and found that nearly 310,000 people have been convicted for driving when the law says they can't. In the Twin Cities metro area that number was 181,000 with scores of repeat offenders. Volpe reported that...
  • Licensed to drive [Editorial]Our view: Allowing undocumented immigrants to drive

    01/06/2014 5:38:02 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 6, 2014 | Baltimore Sun
    Last week, Maryland joined a handful of other states that allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally on state roads, to register vehicles and to buy auto insurance. That's good public policy because it not only will make the state's roads safer for everyone who uses them but also help those living in the country without legal permission achieve a measure of self-sufficiency. Thousands of residents who previously either feared getting behind the wheel at all or who risked arrest or worse for driving without a license reportedly are now lining up to take the MVA written exam and road test....
  • Families, protestors angered over arrests at Baldwin Park checkpoint

    12/31/2013 5:23:37 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune. ^ | 12/29/13 | Brian Day
    Immigrant rights activists and upset family members gathered Sunday in Baldwin Park to express outrage over the arrests of 37 people during an overnight sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoints. Dozens of demonstrators, some carrying signs with slogans such as “driving is not a crime,” demanded answers from Baldwin Park police over what they called a round-up of undocumented immigrants. But police said the arrests were the result of recent changes in policies regarding what types of identification the court will accept when police issue a misdemeanor citation, such as one for driving without a license. And officials maintained that such...
  • Mich. lawmaker wants to yank driver’s licenses for truant teens

    12/27/2013 7:18:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 27, 2013 | Karl de Vries
    Thinking about cutting class in Michigan? Make sure you know someone with whom you can hitch a ride. A state representative wants to revoke driver’s licenses for chronically absent students as part of an initiative to cut down on truancy. State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, introduced two bills last week that would alert Michigan’s secretary of state—who oversees the issuance of licenses—whenever a student’s truancy gets so severe that his or her school refers the matter to court. The student’s license would be suspended or withheld for six months under the proposed law. …
  • Brown to approve driver's permits for immigrants in U.S. illegally

    10/02/2013 6:38:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 2, 2013 | Alex Nowrasteh
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday will hold signing ceremonies in Los Angeles and Fresno to approve AB 60, which will allow people in the country illegally to receive a permit to legally drive in California, his office announced Wednesday. Brown will join immigrant rights advocates, community leaders, law enforcement officials and local lawmakers in the ceremonies to sign the bill, which the announcement said will “enable millions more Californians to legally drive on the state’s roadways.” The bill by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) was changed at Brown’s request to meet requirements of the federal Department of Homeland Security,...
  • Why You Should Give up Your Car and Driver's License When Moving out of State - Part II

    09/27/2013 11:11:16 AM PDT · by InHisService · 56 replies
    Kirchhoff's Law ^ | 9-27-2013 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    I just knew something was going to go wrong. Even though I had my paperwork in hand, all 4,327 pieces of it – which I needed to prove that I was indeed an American, and did indeed have a driver’s license from Pennsylvania that was legit – I knew, somehow, when I got to the BMV – that being Bureau of Motor Vehicles as they call it here in Ohio – that it would not go smoothly. And I was correct. All I had to do was change my license over from PA to Ohio. That’s it. First, being the...
  • Are DPS checkpoints targeting immigrants?

    09/25/2013 8:09:18 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    valleycentral ^ | 09.24.2013 | Marcy Martinez
    Random checkpoints across the valley by DPS have spooked a lot of drivers, especially those who may be living in the valley without proper documentation to be in the US. "This is an issue of people's rights to move freely to get home, to their job, to be able to stay with their families if they are deported. It's an issue impacting a lot of people in a lot of different ways." Communications Coordinator of La Union Del Pueblo Entero John Michael Torres has been fielding calls from concerned drivers that Border Patrol is at these checkpoints which pop up...
  • Hawaii can’t fit woman’s last name on license

    09/13/2013 12:58:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 3:53 PM EDT | Audrey McAvoy
    <p>A Hawaii woman’s last name is a real mouthful, containing 36 letters and 19 syllables in all. And it’s so long that she couldn’t get a driver’s license with her correct name.</p> <p>The documents only have room for 35 characters, so Hawaii County instead issued her driver’s license and her state ID with the last letter of her name chopped off. And it omitted her first name.</p>
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Why you Should Give up Your Car and Driver’s License When Moving out of State (Part I)

    07/31/2013 1:33:46 PM PDT · by InHisService · 67 replies
    Kirchhoff's Law ^ | July 31, 2013 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    After living in Ohio for almost nine months, I decided to finally get around to changing my PA driver’s license, registration and plates changed over to Ohio. I pretty much just thought I’d walk into the BMV – that’s what it’s called here – Bureau of Motor Vehicles – and get it all done on the spot. This was not to be. A friend who I was complaining to about this process said all of that changed after 9/11. This is why, when you move out of state, (and I strongly do not recommend it) you need to give up...
  • Young immigrants eager for NC driver's licenses

    03/26/2013 4:51:44 PM PDT · by deport · 17 replies ^ | 3-25-2013 | Bruce Siceloff
    Hundreds of young illegal immigrants across North Carolina took advantage of their first chance Monday to apply for the privilege to drive a car. The state Division of Motor Vehicles began issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants enrolled in a federal program that defers deportation for teens and young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children or stayed illegally after their visas expired. More than 16,500 immigrants in North Carolina have received or applied for two-year work permits from the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Monday was the first day DMV accepted these work...
  • Beware of Persians bearing Georgian passports

    03/18/2013 4:31:55 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies ^ | 18 March 2013, 08:52 | A. Aaron Weisburd
    SNIPPET: "So there I was, doing that thing I do - targeted collection, and triage based on a range of frequently changing criteria - when I happened to notice this image:" SNIPPET: " sometimes what isn't there is still interesting"
  • EXCLUSIVE: DHS Plans Backdoor Gun Registration?

    03/04/2013 6:51:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/4/13 | The Dana Show
    Current Updates here Department of Revenue is working with the Department of Homeland Security to install new hard and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties, says Kinder. Kinder and the Stoddard County Prosceutor today took legal action and held a press conference outlining the infringement on civil liberties as posted by the DoR and DHS. The move by the departments is related to the Real ID. Griffin went to renew his driver's license and was disturbed by how, and with whom, his information was being shared. Kinder and...
  • San Francisco's Dangerous Policy on Unlicensed Drivers

    01/13/2013 5:52:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | January 13, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained Roberto Galo on Wednesday morning. Galo is a legal immigrant but an unlicensed driver who, on Nov. 16, 2010, took a left turn at Harrison and 16th streets in San Francisco. His car struck law student Drew Rosenberg. Witnesses later testified that Galo then backed over Rosenberg, who died. The law student's father, Don Rosenberg of Westlake Village, Calif., has been waging a crusade ever since. He's angry at San Francisco's policy, announced by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2009, that shielded unlicensed drivers from an automatic 30-day impoundment of their vehicles. He's furious...
  • Unlicensed Means You're Deadlier

    01/01/2013 7:44:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | January 1, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    Unlicensed drivers are nearly three times likelier than licensed drivers to cause a fatal crash in California. Indeed, unlicensed drivers are likelier to cause fatal crashes than drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked. So found a new study released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The study recommended "the use of countermeasures, including vehicle impoundment," to save lives. That's a problem for San Francisco. In 2009, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom said police would allow unlicensed drivers to avoid a 30-day impound if they could find someone with a license to drive away their car in 20 minutes....
  • Bill Brady and Mark Curran: Licensing undocumented immigrants will make state safer

    12/29/2012 4:57:30 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    The State Journal -Register ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | By Bill Brady and Mark Curran
    This nation is a melting pot of immigrants, both legal and not. Our state is no different. We celebrate the ethnic diversity of our population and welcome those who come to this country and pursue citizenship, and whose work and effort have helped make this country great. We also have a continuing concern with the numbers of immigrants in this country who are here without any legal authority. Many of them have come to America from our southern neighbor seeking work and a better life for their families. Another large percentage of the undocumented immigrants came to our country legally...
  • Some illegal immigrants fear applying for licenses

    12/28/2012 5:10:12 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    Northwest Herald ^ | December 28, 2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN - Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois' top political leaders touted a proposal to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, it was painted as public safety measure and had the backing of immigrant rights advocates, who deemed it a positive step in the fight for immigration reform. But the idea has run into some resistance among illegal immigrants themselves.For many of Illinois' estimated 250,000 undocumented residents of driving age, volunteering an address, photograph and birth certificate to a state database seems like a risk, possibly more than driving without a license."They will have my record, maybe one day they (authorities) will...
  • Iowa DOT: No Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

    12/27/2012 11:11:27 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies ^ | Dec 27, 2012 | James Q. Lynch, Reporter
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – After a review of Iowa law, the Iowa Department of Transportation will cease issuing driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants eligible to work in this country under an Obama administration deferred prosecution policy. The department has issued at least one driver’s license and one non-operator’s ID since President Obama announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Obama changed federal policy in June to let certain illegal immigrants apply for a temporary work permit if they were brought to the country as children. However, after reviewing the memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on...
  • Undocumented immigrants lobby for drivers license

    12/05/2012 2:04:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    WZZM ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Phil Dawson
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - After seeing what he calls their "passion and pain", Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell promises he will try to help illegal immigrants get a drivers license or identification card. "We must respond," he told a crowd of immigrants at city hall Tuesday night. "We don't issue drivers licenses or identification cards in the city, but I know we must respond and figure out the most effective way to address your concerns with the State of Michigan." The Mayor offered his support after immigrants, legal and illegal, spoke at the city commission meeting Tuesday night. They are...
  • Some illegal immigrants may get drivers licenses under new California law

    10/01/2012 3:17:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 10/1/2012 | ap
    Some illegal immigrants could get California drivers licenses under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced he signed into law late Sunday. AB2189 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, will let the Department of Motor Vehicles issue licenses to illegal immigrants eligible for work permits under a new Obama administration policy. The bill requires the department to accept as proof of legal residence whatever document the federal government provides to participants in its deferred action program. Cedillo said his bill will make roads safer while letting young immigrants drive to school and to work. His reasoning drew support from several...
  • California allows driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants

    10/01/2012 4:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/01/2012
    Young undocumented immigrants will be able to receive California driver’s licenses under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Sunday. As many as 350,000 undocumented immigrants in California may be eligible for the Obama administration program, which waives the threat of deportation for two years for those who have no criminal record. According to The Times' Patrick McGreevy: Young people would qualify if they are accepted by a federal program giving work permits to those who came to this country before they were 16 and are now 30 or younger. Brown spokesman Gil Duran said that by issuing the driver’s licenses,...
  • N.J. bans driver's license smiles

    09/21/2012 6:54:46 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 20, 2012
    TRENTON, N.J., - New Jersey officials said the ban on smiling for driver's licenses is due to facial recognition software designed to prevent fraud. Mike Horan, spokesman for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, said people posing for driver's license pictures are asked to refrain from smiling or making other facial expressions so as not to confuse the facial recognition software, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Thursday. The spokesman said the software, which was adopted in January, is designed to prevent anyone who already has a license from getting a second document under a different name. "That could be someone...
  • New Jersey Bans Smiling in Driver’s License Photos

    09/20/2012 6:33:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 20, 2012 4:01pm | Colleen Curry
    The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has cracked down on drivers smiling in their driver’s license photos because their smiles could interfere with new facial recognition software. New Jersey resident Velvet McNeil told the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday that when she went to get her license at her local New Jersey motor vehicle center, she was told she could not smile for her photo. Shocked, McNeil said she walked out of the center. …
  • Opposition Still Strong to License Law (62% NM Hispanics oppose DL's for illegals)

    09/12/2012 1:32:02 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 12, 2012 | James Monteleone
    After two years of legislative debate about whether the state should continue issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, nearly three-fourths of New Mexicans still don’t like the idea. Seventy-one percent of likely New Mexican voters surveyed in a new Journal Poll said they oppose the 2003 state law that allows illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. Twenty-one percent of voters said they support the practice; 8 percent said they are undecided. A majority of Anglos and Hispanics, as well as voters in every region of the state, opposed the practice.~~snip~~ Gov. Susana Martinez, after her election in 2010, frequently cited...
  • Some illegals get Ga. driver licenses

    08/23/2012 12:42:28 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 7 replies
    Associated Press (via The Augusta Chronicle) ^ | Aug 23, 2012 | Kate Brumback
    ATLANTA — Illegal immigrants who are granted permission to stay in the country under an Obama administration policy announced in June will be eligible for driver’s licenses in Georgia, the state’s attorney general wrote in a letter to the governor. “While I do not agree with the actions of the President in issuing the directive, it has been implemented by the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, and state law recognizes the approval of deferred action status as a basis for issuing a temporary driver’s license,” Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican, wrote in a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated...
  • The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories

    05/09/2012 7:15:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | May 7, 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories There is a dark side to driving in the US, and it is known as the DMV. Listen to these ten tales of woe from Jalopnik readers and you'll get a taste of American bureaucracy at its worst. 10.) Counterfeiters get Mustang GTs Suggested By: frankiepoops What happened: Worst experience that I ever had was when the NY DMV decided that my title for my 1996 green Mustang was counterfeit, not the first time I registered it, but when I went back to put it back on the road after parking it for a...
  • Identity Theft Alert - Driver License

    04/01/2012 9:07:44 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 33 replies
    Anon ^ | 4/1/12 | Anon
    Check Your Driver's License. Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet and determine if yours is posted. I just searched for mine and there it was, picture and all! Thanks Homeland Security. Go to the Driver License Check and check to see if yours has been posted. Just enter your name, city, and state to view if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove." This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.
  • (REAL) DRIVER'S LICENSE, PLEASE: Former 9/11 Commission Counsel Explains Security Threat

    02/27/2012 6:22:34 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 5 replies · 2+ views
    WebToday ^ | 2-27-12 | WebToday
    For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. As states continue to crack down on things like voter ID while others continue to seek ways to enforce immigration laws, near all states are now also trying to protect their most coveted form of ID-- the driver license. Initially responding to the controversial federal secure driver license law, REAL ID, states have learned by implementing the REAL ID Act they have curbed the identity theft and fraud used extensively by the illegal alien population and criminals. Janice Kephart, Director of National Security Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies...
  • Cedillo to Introduce Driver’s License Bill [for illegal immigrants, again]

    02/27/2012 5:00:45 PM PST · by bizlawnews · 11 replies · 3+ views
    A veteran California lawmaker said Friday he will, for the tenth time, introduce legislation to allow driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
  • (REAL) DRIVER'S LICENSE, PLEASE: Drivers License Fraud a Security Threat

    02/24/2012 1:21:50 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/24/2012 |
    For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. As states continue to crack down on things like voter ID while others continue to seek ways to enforce immigration laws, near all states are now also trying to protect their most coveted form of ID-- the driver license...
  • Breaking: House Votes 45-25 to Strike Down Driver’s License Law (NM-banning DL's for illegals)

    02/08/2012 4:42:32 PM PST · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 8, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    After more than three hours of debate, the House of Representatives has voted to overturn the controversial state law that allows foreign nationals to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses, regardless of whether they are in the country legally.
  • California to stop towing unlicensed drivers at DUI checkpoints, aiding illegal immigrants

    12/25/2011 4:24:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    StarTribune ^ | December 25, 2011 | ELLIOT SPAGAT , Associated Press
    ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Delfino Aldama was fixing a customer's brakes this month when his smartphone chimed with a text message that tipped him to a police checkpoint more than an hour before officers began stopping motorists. The self-employed auto mechanic frantically called friends with the location and drove an alternate route home
  • DMV Clerk Pleads Guilty To Bribes For Licenses

    12/09/2011 8:51:36 AM PST · by FryingPan101 · 6 replies
    CBS Las Vegas ^ | 12-08-2011 | AP-Las Vegas
    Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nevada say Brown was a front-line clerk at the DMV office on Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas. Authorities say she used third parties to recruit customers who didn’t have identifying documents, and typically charged $1,500 to $3,000 for each license
  • CHECKPOINTS: Governor lessens impounds for unlicensed drivers

    10/11/2011 8:18:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | 11 October 2011 | Sarah Burge, Jim Miller
    A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week stops police from impounding the cars of sober but unlicensed drivers caught at DUI checkpoints. The law, which goes into effect in January, will bring relief to illegal immigrants, who are prohibited from obtaining a California driver’s license. They live in fear of losing their cars at checkpoints, said Luz Gallegos, of the Perris-based TODEC Legal Center, which assists Latino immigrants. “It’s a great victory for all of our communities and a great blessing,” Gallegos said of AB 353, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo , D-Los Angeles. Assemblyman Tim...
  • Israeli Student Receives Special Gift from Ahmadinejad

    09/26/2011 12:29:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies ^ | Published: 09.23.11, 13:11 / Israel News | Aviel Magnezi
    SNIPPET: "Dan Folk (21), an Israeli who was invited to the event in which over 100 students took part, ended up getting a business card and memento from Ahmadinejad. "It was at his hotel in Manhattan, we got there and had to wait in the security check line for nearly an hour," said the student, adding, "we gave them our cell phones and any kind of camera we were carrying. During the security check I showed them my Israeli driver's license and the Iranian security officer smiled at me." Folk said he had mixed feelings over the question of whether...
  • New Mexico Religious Leaders Sign Petition Supporting Driver's Licenses for Undocumented

    09/21/2011 11:48:00 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 21, 2011 | Fox News Latino
    More than 100 religious leaders from around New Mexico have submitted an open letter to state legislators in support of a state law that lets those illegally in the country get New Mexico driver's licenses.
  • Calif. bill would protect unlicensed drivers from arrest

    09/11/2011 10:06:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 47 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/11/11 | Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writer
    A bill loaded with immigration politics and potential implications for highway safety has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. The legislation by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, would change police procedures at drunken-driving checkpoints, prohibiting officers from arresting drivers and immediately impounding their cars if their only offense is not having a license. Supporters say the bill, AB353, would impose a consistent policy statewide - some agencies confiscate unlicensed drivers' cars now, and some do not - while keeping DUI checkpoints from being turned into traps for otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants who cannot obtain licenses. "In most parts of California,...
  • Religious groups deep in NM driver's license fight

    09/09/2011 4:48:04 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 09/09/2011 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Churches and religious groups opposing the governor's renewed push to repeal a law allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses say their actions are part of a larger and growing advocacy effort aimed at promoting immigration reform on moral grounds. Organizations like the New Mexico Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Albuquerque Interfaith were among those in Santa Fe this week to protest Gov. Susana Martinez's efforts to rescind the state law. They argue the measure helps one of the state's most vulnerable populations. For months, these coalitions of interfaith groups have called on their members to attend rallies...
  • S.Korea, Texas Sign Agreement for Mutual Recognition of Drivers Licenses

    09/09/2011 12:02:11 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 15 replies
    KBS World ^ | September 9, 2011 | KBS World
    The Foreign Ministry says the government and the U.S. state of Texas have signed a memorandum of understanding for the mutual recognition of driving licenses in each others’ territories. The two sides on Friday agreed to mutually recognize nonprofit driving licenses held by citizens and residents of both sides. Texas is the fifth American state with which Seoul signed the agreement, after Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Massachusetts. A ministry official said that the agreement will bring great benefit to South Koreans staying in or visiting to Texas, adding the government will continue to make efforts to ensure that South Korean...
  • Fake IDs are going high-tech

    08/15/2011 9:00:44 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    South Coast Today ^ | 8/15/11 | Brian Fraga
    DARTMOUTH — The Massachusetts driver's license had the typical hologram, watermarks and barcode. A scanning machine told the cashier at Town Liquors that the license was legitimate, so the customer was "OK to purchase" liquor. Only one problem, though — the license was fake. "It was an absolutely amazing ID. It was very well done," said Yogi Patel, owner of Town Liquors, located less than a mile from the UMass Dartmouth campus. For about $200, someone today can upload his or her picture and basic information into a website, and receive two fake IDs a few days later from companies...
  • Caught in a Dragnet (Driver Sues DMV For Revoking License Due To Faulty Face Recognition Software)

    07/18/2011 1:25:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 17, 2011 | Meghan E Irons
    John H. Gass hadn’t had a traffic ticket in years, so the Natick resident was surprised this spring when he received a letter from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles informing him to cease driving because his license had been revoked. “I was shocked,’’ Gass said in a recent interview. “As far as I was concerned, I had done nothing wrong.’’ After frantic calls and a hearing with Registry officials, Gass learned the problem: An antiterrorism computerized facial recognition system that scans a database of millions of state driver’s license images had picked his as a possible fraud. It turned...
  • [Texas] Rule requiring drivers to prove citizenship now law

    07/04/2011 1:37:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 4, 2011 | Jason Buch
    As the House early last month debated a must-pass finance bill, one member slipped in language that puts into law a controversial Texas Department of Public Safety policy requiring driver's license applicants to show they're in the country legally. The amendment, added by Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, to the education funding bill legislators needed to balance the state budget had originally been included in Senate Bill 9, the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill that failed in the special session. It also had appeared in an omnibus homeland security bill by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, that died in the regular session....
  • Family Of Illegal Immigrant Speaks Out ( link only )

    03/08/2011 5:32:44 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    KOAT Albuquerque ^ | March 7, 2011 | KOAT Albuquerque
  • Ga. Lawmaker Proposes Doing Away With Driver's Licenses

    02/01/2011 9:50:28 PM PST · by speciallybland · 93 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | February 01, 2011 | Rebekka Schramm
    ATLANTA -- A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver's licenses. State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, has filed House Bill 7, calling it the "Right to Travel Act." In his bill, Franklin states, "Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right." Franklin told CBS Atlanta News that driver's licenses are...
  • Ga. Lawmaker Proposes Doing Away With Driver's Licenses

    01/31/2011 3:54:06 PM PST · by dynachrome · 125 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | 1-31-11 | Rebekka Schramm
    ATLANTA -- A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver's licenses. State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, has filed House Bill 7, calling it the "Right to Travel Act." In his bill, Franklin states, "Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right." Franklin told CBS Atlanta News that driver's licenses are...
  • New Mexico’s governor plans to revoke licenses issued to illegal aliens

    01/16/2011 11:10:47 AM PST · by Islander7 · 49 replies
    Sonoran Times ^ | Jan 12, 2011 | BY LINDA BENTLEY
    SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico’s newly elected Gov. Susana Martinez has come out swinging with a budget proposal that would cut spending and close the budget deficit without raising taxes or making cuts to classroom spending or health care for New Mexico’s most vulnerable. Martinez also stated one of her first priorities is to revoke driver licenses issued to illegal aliens, pointing out since Arizona passed SB 1070, illegal aliens have been pouring in to New Mexico, which does not require proof of citizenship to obtain licenses.
  • Bill calls for revoking parents’ driver’s license for school absences

    01/13/2011 6:04:41 AM PST · by Immerito · 20 replies
    News and Sentinel ^ | January 9, 2011 | CARRA HIGGINS
    SOUTH CHARLESTON - Pay increases for educators, adding five or 10 minutes to a school day and a bill that one West Virginia senator thinks would encourage families to understand the importance of education are among the suggestions leaders in their fields believe could lead education reform in the state. State Sen. Erik Wells, D-7th District, plans to introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session, which begins Wednesday, that would revoke the driver's licenses of parents whose children miss too many days of school. Although Wells said he won't bet it will be one of the approximately 200 bills...