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  • Obama supports driver's licenses for illegals

    10/17/2008 9:31:43 AM PDT · by GVnana · 7 replies · 476+ views
    NRTPac channel on YouTube ^ | 10/17/2008 | NRTPac
    Link to video "Obama's Plan: Driver's Licenses for Illegals"It's not that you didn't know this already, but perhaps it's time for a reminder! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbyocX-9_mo
  • Serious concerns’ over new DPS rule -Mexican American Legal defense protests

    10/10/2008 10:56:47 AM PDT · by HollyButler · 7 replies · 353+ views
    San Antonio Express ^ | 10/09/2008 | Hernán Rozemberg -
    Immigrant advocates and some politicians in South Texas were flummoxed with the handling and timing of a state agency’s move to bar unauthorized immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses — a move some predict will boost the number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers on Texas roads. Labeling the policy change as sudden, rash and possibly dubious, they began mobilizing Thursday to try to find out how it all came about. The new rule requires noncitizens to prove they are in the country legally before they are issued a new license, renew an existing one or apply for a state identification card....
  • Mexican truck drivers take English exam in Spanish

    03/14/2008 4:01:53 AM PDT · by Man50D · 52 replies · 1,730+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | March 14, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Mexican truck drivers allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite Department of Transportation assurances to the contrary. A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website instructs Mexican truck drivers, "Did you know … You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive trucks in the United States." Still, at the Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III reluctantly admitted under intense questioning from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that Mexican drivers were being...
  • Genius Robber Heard 'Voices'(Immigrant Goes To Maine Acquires DMV License, Buys Gun, Robs Bank)

    03/07/2008 3:37:38 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 755+ views
    Independent ^ | February 22 2008 | By Shane Hickey
    Trinity graduate has family history of schizophrenia "Voices" in the head of an award-winning Irish computer science graduate told him to rob a bank, it was claimed yesterday. Niall Clarke (27) was suffering from schizophrenia when he carried out a botched bank raid in Maine, a mental illness also suffered by his grandmother, said his solicitor yesterday. The brilliant Trinity graduate from Kilrush in Co Clare was sentenced to almost 10 years in prison earlier this week after the 2006 robbery of the Bangor Bank of America. "He was hearing voices that the bank had to be robbed. He said...
  • FBI Raids Memphis Truck Driving Schools

    Reported by: Joyce Peterson Email: jpeterson@myeyewitnessnews.com Last Update: 2/26 6:29 am Trucking Company Says It Is Not The Focus of Federal Investigation Documents seized during a raid on two truck driving schools and a Driver’s License Bureau. Memphis, TN - Federal and state agents raided two Mid-South truck driving schools and a Memphis driver's license center on February 25, 2008. Both schools, one on Brooks Road in Memphis, and the other on Veterans Parkway in Millington, are operated by Swift Transportation. The state run license center on Shelby Drive in Whitehaven was also targeted in the investigation. The FBI confirms...
  • Iraqi pair nabbed in Mexico, headed to U.S. with fake IDs Again

    02/22/2008 10:06:43 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 22 replies · 137+ views
    WASHINGTON – Two more Iraqis with false Bulgarian passports were detained by Mexican officials in Monterrey – bringing the total to four this month. Wisam Gorgies, a 34-year-old man, and Rana Nazar Peyoz, a 26-year-old woman, reportedly flew from Madrid and landed in Monterrey, according to reports in two Mexican newspapers today. Following questioning, the pair admitted they intended to reach the United States. They were taken to Saltillo in the state of Coahuila, for final determination of their status. Mexican officials said the are investigating "a network that could be made up of Mexicans operating in Greece who are...
  • Thousands may lose licenses[Indiana][Drivers License][206K Non Match SSN]

    02/04/2008 10:03:33 AM PST · by BGHater · 35 replies · 1,261+ views
    SouthBend Tribune ^ | 02 Feb 2008 | JOSEPH DITS
    Deadline's up to make sure BMV, Social Security records match. The The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it will revoke the driver's licenses of up to 56,000 people across the state in coming weeks. They are among the 206,000 people who had received letters in November saying the information on their licenses didn't match Social Security records. Thursday was the deadline to fix the mismatched data -- be it their name, gender, date of birth or Social Security number. The whole effort -- a comparison of the BMV's 6.4 million records with those of Social Security -- had raised...
  • ICE arrests six illegal aliens in continuation of document fraud case

    01/31/2008 12:10:25 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 2 replies · 119+ views
    ICE arrests six illegal aliens in continuation of document fraud case Arrests are related to criminal prosecutions for illegal use of Puerto Rican ID Georgetown, Delaware - Late Monday afternoon special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 6 illegal aliens residing in the Sussex County area as part of a continuing document fraud investigation. The investigation, which started last year, involves the illegal sale and use of valid Puerto Rican birth certificates and associated Social Security cards. The sale and use of these valid identity documents present an obvious national security and public safety concern, because the documents...
  • Unreal ID (Illegal immigrants will always drive says lib-Balt-Sun)

    01/22/2008 7:34:58 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 35 replies · 748+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 22, 2008 | sun editorial
    It appears Maryland will sit out the state rebellion against the federal Real ID program. Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement last week that the Motor Vehicle Administration will comply with the costly and controversial program is unfortunate but not entirely unexpected. As recently as last month, MVA officials had been floating the idea of a two-tiered approach to driver's licenses that would create one that met federal security standards and one that didn't require so-called proof of legal presence. But no doubt the negative reaction given New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's similar proposal (from which he eventually backed down) had something...
  • License? We Don't Need No Steenkin' License!

    01/13/2008 1:42:30 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 55 replies · 4,225+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 13 January 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There are a few scenes in classic movies that are so effective that the dialogue has passed into the common language. One of those is in The Treasure of Sierra Madre. Mexican bandits have confronted American gold miners, including Humphrey Bogart. The bandits claim to be federal police. Challenged to produce their badges, one gives the memorable reply, “Badges? We don’t need no steenkin’ badges.” And then they begin shooting. Well a situation began in New Jersey, then played out in the Court of Appeals of Maryland, which justifies the modified use of that line. It also should concern all...
  • MI Attorney General: no more licenses for illegals

    12/28/2007 8:31:34 AM PST · by varon · 25 replies · 221+ views
    WOOD TV 8 ^ | 12-28-07 | varon
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's attorney general says illegal immigrants can no longer get a state driver's license. Mike Cox's legal opinion overrules an opinion written in 1995 by former Attorney General Frank Kelley. Michigan is one of a handful of states in which illegal immigrants have been able to get driver's licenses. But Cox says people who aren't lawfully in the U.S. can't be residents of Michigan for the purposes of obtaining a driver's license. The opinion released Thursday may bolster efforts to create a new Michigan driver's license and state identification card. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land...
  • Illegal Alien Licensing Plan

    12/07/2007 6:42:28 AM PST · by RPSWJS · 7 replies · 106+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | Dec. 6, 2007 | Peter Gadiel
    The hugeness of the defeat of Spitzer's efforts to grant licenses to illegals is having national repercussions - Oregon's governor is now changing his tune. This article was very enlightening, but more work needs to be done
  • Licenses expose broader immigration issues[Mexico more strict on foreigners]

    11/16/2007 4:40:03 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 160+ views
    UPI ^ | Nov. 16, 2007
    MEXICO CITY, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The granting of driver's licenses to illegal immigrants in the United States may be at the center of the immigration issue and broader U.S.-Mexico relations. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said in a recent presidential debate that granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants "makes a lot of sense." Yet in Mexico, federal law requires proof of Mexican citizenship or a valid visa for a license, USA Today said Friday. "When it comes to foreigners, we're a little more strict here," said Alejandro Ruiz, a director at the Mexican Automobile Association. Proponents for licensing illegal immigrants...
  • Immigration is New Affirmative Action

    11/15/2007 6:49:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 77+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | November 15, 2007 | Peter Brown
    Immigration is becoming for the 2008 election what affirmative action/racial preferences was 15 years ago -- the kind of emotional wedge issue that offers Republicans a way to split rank-and-file Democrats from their leaders. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the battle over programs aimed at helping minorities was a major factor in many political campaigns. The election results often appeared to contradict what seemed to be the public's opinion on the issue. Looking back, much of the confusion stemmed from the wording of many poll questions on the subject. They tended to show strong support for "affirmative action,"...
  • Governor Spitzer caves in on immigrant license plan

    11/14/2007 7:22:17 AM PST · by fweingart · 84 replies · 134+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/14/2007 | JOE MAHONEY
    ALBANY -Gov. Spitzer must have seen the writing in his rearview mirror as he hit brakes on his controversial license plan. Driven by mounting opposition, Gov. Spitzer buckled Tuesday on his controversial plan to issue special driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. "I can confirm that the governor intends to withdraw his plan," Spitzer spokeswoman Jennifer Givner said Tuesday night. Not everybody was happy with the turnaround. Assemblyman Peter Rivera (D-Bronx) blasted the governor, saying, "He created a tremendous amount of hope and now he has let the air out of that hope. I certainly hope this does not help him...
  • Bratton Endorses Spitzer Driver’s License Plan (Giuliani wants Bratton as Homeland/Security/Sec)

    11/10/2007 1:35:05 PM PST · by Liz · 61 replies · 302+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | October 22, 2007 | Sewell Chan
    EXCERPT William J. Bratton, former NYC police commissioner under Mayor Giuliani endorsed Gov Spitzer's plan to license illegals. Chief Bratton was NYC police commissioner from 1994-96, during the first term of Mayor Giuliani, but the two men famously feuded, with Giuliani resentful that Mr. Bratton — a pioneer of the city’s Compstat program — was getting credit for the city’s reduction in crime. In March 2007, Giuliani began trying to mend fences with Bratton and met privately; afterward, Mr. Bratton said he “enjoyed” the tęte-ŕ-tęte. In May 2007, the two men met in Los Angeles. In a statement released by...
  • 77% Oppose Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

    11/07/2007 6:55:55 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies · 111+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | November 06, 2007
    Seventy-seven percent (77%) of American adults are opposed to making drivers licenses available to people who are in the country illegally. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 16% take the opposite view and believe that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to get a license. State surveys in Virginia and Kentucky show similar results.
  • A Day Later, Clinton Embraces Spitzer’s License Effort

    10/31/2007 7:47:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 160+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 31, 2007 | Adam Nagourny
    A day after she appeared to struggle to give her views on the subject, Hillary Rodham Clinton offered support today for Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s effort to award New York driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, as her campaign sought to contain potentially damaging fallout from what her own supporters saw as a tense and listless debate performance. Mrs. Clinton’s statement affirming her support of Mr. Spitzer in his office came less than a day after she offered a muddled and hesitant position on the bill, prompting a round of denunciations by her opponents. It signaled the extent to which her advisers...
  • Humor of the Day

    10/31/2007 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 63+ views
  • Homeland Security strikes deal with New York on driver's licenses

    10/29/2007 3:39:56 AM PDT · by Man50D · 33 replies · 115+ views
    Newsday.com ^ | October 27, 2007 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    The Bush administration and New York cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver's licenses for U.S. citizens, but also allow illegal immigrants to get a version. New York is the fourth state to reach such an agreement on federally approved secure licenses, after Arizona, Vermont and Washington. The issue is pressing for border states, where new and tighter rules are soon to go into effect for crossings. The deal comes about one month after New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced a plan whereby illegal immigrants with a valid foreign passport could obtain a license. Saturday's...
  • GOV NEEDS YEAR TO FIX ID WRECK (Spitzer labels illegals "Third World dummies")

    10/28/2007 5:48:24 AM PDT · by Liz · 54 replies · 111+ views
    NY POST ^ | October 28, 2007 | By KENNETH LOVETT in Albany and GEOFF EARLE in Washington
    Gov. Spitzer announced an indefinite delay in his heavily criticized plan to grant driver's licenses to illegals in order to develop a 3-tiered licensing system that the federal government accepts. Spitzer said the wait will bring New Yorkers "the most secure licensing system in the nation" - although Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff still strongly opposes giving ID to illegal aliens. "...I do not think it's a good idea to give undocumented workers licenses or ID of any kind," said Chertoff, who appeared with Spitzer at the Washington news conference.
  • SPITZER STEERING US TOWARD A CRASH: DEMS (illegals licensing portends Democrat election disasters)

    10/22/2007 3:00:45 AM PDT · by Liz · 63 replies · 93+ views
    NY POST ^ | October 22, 2007 | FREDRIC U. DICKER, State Editor
    Democrats fear Gov. Spitzer's controversial plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens has endangered Democrat candidates across the state - even the presidential prospects of Hillary Clinton........ and is producing "a mass exodus" away from Democrat candidates that may lead to unexpected losses in November's local elections.
  • Illegals OK'd to drive in N.Y.

    10/21/2007 9:24:34 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 54 replies · 86+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2007 | Joseph Curl
    New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has started a major political fight over immigration by ordering state officials to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, prompting at least one county legislature to defy the executive order and pushing toward a showdown in court. -Snip- The issue heated up late last week, when the Monroe County legislature defied the governor and ordered its county clerk to require anyone seeking a driver's license to provide a valid Social Security number. The decision runs counter to Mr. Spitzer's order, in which illegal aliens with valid foreign passports would be eligible to obtain a state...
  • Spitzer Goes on the Attack Once Again

    10/21/2007 6:33:03 AM PDT · by xcamel · 46 replies · 101+ views
    nyt ^ | October 21, 2007 | DANNY HAKIM
    ALBANY, Oct. 19 — Drawing on the words of theologians, Gov. Eliot Spitzer two months ago promised a new humility, acknowledging that his administration’s thirst for battle had led to mistakes. Mr. Spitzer, stung by a report that found his aides had used the State Police to tarnish a political rival, said he would continue to debate his foes, but with respect. He would pursue an ambitious agenda, but do so with “constant soul-searching.” But humble pie just does not suit this governor. With his job approval at its lowest point since he arrived in Albany — 41 percent, according...
  • Illegals OK'd to drive in N.Y.

    10/20/2007 2:47:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 99+ views
    Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2007 | By Joseph Curl
    Illegals OK'd to drive in N.Y. October 20, 2007 By Joseph Curl - New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has started a major political fight over immigration by ordering state officials to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, prompting at least one county legislature to defy the executive order and pushing toward a showdown in court. The embattled governor's order has drawn some acerbic commentary, including a cartoon showing Osama bin Laden as a New York City taxi driver. After spending months trying to deflect charges that he used state police to target the Republican leader of the state Senate, Mr....
  • Spitzer removes "temporary visitor" stamp from driver's licenses of non-citizens (vote suckup)

    10/15/2007 9:54:11 AM PDT · by Liz · 41 replies · 135+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | October 15, 2007 | Tom Precious - the Buffalo News, Albany Bureau
    Quiet policy twist criticized on security grounds Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, noncitizens who legally obtained New York State driver’s licenses have been given licenses stamped “temporary visitor” along with the date their visa expired. No longer. The Spitzer administration three weeks ago quietly eliminated the state policy that required the special identification stamp on the driver’s licenses for noncitizens who are legally, though temporarily, residing in the United States. The policy change also eliminated the accompanying expiration date that was intended to show when the person’s legal right to be in the United States ended —...
  • Spitzer removes "temporary visitor" stamp from driver's licenses of noncitizens

    10/15/2007 5:20:12 AM PDT · by jmyrlefuller · 65 replies · 995+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | Tom Precious
    Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, noncitizens who legally obtained New York State driver’s licenses have been given licenses stamped “temporary visitor” along with the date their visa expired. No longer. The Spitzer administration three weeks ago quietly eliminated the state policy that required the special identification stamp on the driver’s licenses for noncitizens who are legally, though temporarily, residing in the United States. The policy change also eliminated the accompanying expiration date that was intended to show when the person’s legal right to be in the United States ended — raising the chance that a valuable form...
  • Two more arrests in license scheme.(For illegals by illegals)

    10/12/2007 7:02:24 AM PDT · by got_moab? · 17 replies · 747+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | Friday, October 12, 2007 | Amanda Milkovits
    Two more people have been arrested, and 19 others are still wanted, for allegedly getting Rhode Island driver’s licenses that were falsified by two clerks at the state Division of Motor Vehicles. The clerks had sent the licenses to dozens of illegal immigrants and suspected drug dealers who’d paid middlemen between $2,500 to $3,000 apiece to conceal their identity with a valid license, according to the state police. Some of the “customers” have since been rearrested on drug charges in various states — where their true identity was revealed by fingerprints — but others are on the run. As the...
  • NY REPUBLICANS WANT DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGALS

    09/25/2007 5:33:31 AM PDT · by publius1 · 79 replies · 212+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 25, 2007 | Kenneth Lovett
    GOP SPLIT ON GOV'S DRIVE RULE September 25, 2007 -- ALBANY - The state's top Republican leadership unexpectedly split yesterday on the controversial move by Democratic Gov. Spitzer to allow the granting of driver's licenses to illegal aliens. State GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello ripped Spitzer for eliminating the requirement that people provide a Social Security number for a driver's license... But Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno backed Spitzer, saying, "We have hundreds of thousands of aliens here, and I'm not sure it serves the public good to deprive them of their ability to go to school, to go to work,...
  • Texas agencies blame archaic systems in immigrant license (ILLEGAL)

    09/04/2007 7:10:42 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 442+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 4, 2007 | EMILY RAMSHAW
    AUSTIN – State officials and federal investigators are well aware that a driver's license scam also allowed illegal immigrants to create falsified identities, with Texas car insurance, vehicle registrations and inspection stickers. But none appears to have a concrete plan to prevent it from happening again. Instead, state and county agencies are blaming an archaic system of paper record-keeping and a scattered and decentralized auto licensing process – and, in some cases, pointing the finger at each other. The Dallas County Tax Office, where the immigrants apparently obtained registrations, says it can't investigate without more details from the Department of...
  • SAUDI ARABIA: WOMAN CHANGES SEX, DREAMS OF DRIVER'S LICENCE

    08/22/2007 4:50:33 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies · 1,757+ views
    ANSA Med ^ | 2007-08-21 | ANSA Med
    SAUDI ARABIA: WOMAN CHANGES SEX, DREAMS OF DRIVER'S LICENCE (ANSAmed) - RIYADH, AUGUST 21 - A 19-year-old Saudi Arabian woman, Myriam, has undergone a successful sex-change operation in Jeddah and now, with her new name of Khaled, aspires for just one thing: a driving licence. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are banned from driving, added Okaz daily, reporting the news today. "The first idea that came to my mind a few hours before the operation, was to have a driving licence," Myriam/Khaled told the newspaper, adding she was encouraged by her family to have...
  • Police roadblocks to remove unlicensed drivers challenged (by the illegal alien lobby)

    07/23/2007 5:57:37 PM PDT · by dennisw · 96 replies · 1,823+ views
    dailybreeze ^ | Monday, July 23, 2007
    Police roadblocks to remove unlicensed drivers challenged From wire service reports A controversial police technique to remove unlicensed drivers from the roads is being challenged on civil rights grounds, and another federal court decision is expected soon, it was reported today. Police across California are using temporary roadblocks to find unlicensed drivers, and impound their cars. But Latino rights groups say that practice is discriminatory and aimed at undocumented workers, who are unable to pay for their cars' steep impound fees. Los Angeles and Orange counties have joined several other agencies in supporting a state law that requires cars driven...
  • State (Ohio) says it was wrong ask Muslim women to remove head scarves

    07/14/2007 1:46:14 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 68 replies · 1,831+ views
    Columbus (Oh) Dispatch ^ | 7/14/07 | AP News Story
    Two Muslim women had the right to continue wearing their head scarves when sitting for a driver's license photo, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles said. Clerks at separate bureau offices in southwest Ohio were wrong to insist that the women remove the scarves, also known as hijabs, which are expressions of faith and modesty, said Tom Hunter, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, which oversees the motor vehicles bureau. The bureau's offices in Loveland and Mason retook the photos for free. “It was just a misunderstanding on the part of BMV employees as to what the policy was,”...
  • Supreme Court Hears Drivers License Language Arguments[Alabama]{English}

    06/22/2007 5:24:44 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 782+ views
    NBC 13 ^ | 21 June 2007 | Scott Mauldin
    A war of words played out in the state supreme court Wednesday. There’s a legal fight was over what language should be used on Alabama driver's license exams. Here's the issue -- state law says only English can be used for official state business, but as many as 12 languages are used on the drivers tests, according to arguments in court. Challenging the non-English tests led to the state's high court Wednesday. In spite of a 1990 constitutional amendment making English the official state language, multi-language testing was put back into practice, in violation of state law. The Southeastern Legal...
  • Checkpoint for Latinos, not drunks, critics charge

    05/10/2007 8:37:02 AM PDT · by flutters · 64 replies · 1,468+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 10, 2007 | Stephanie Czekalinski and Matthew Marx
    Some central Ohio Latinos say they were targeted this past weekend when law-enforcement officials ran a checkpoint for drunken drivers on the Cinco de Mayo holiday, just blocks from apartment complexes with heavy immigrant populations. Instead of the arrests netting a large number of people who had too much to drink, they largely hauled in unlicensed drivers, nearly all of them with Latino names. The DUI checkpoint has drawn criticism from Latino community leaders. The checkpoint "appears to target Latinos in three ways: where they put it, the fact that it was on Cinco de Mayo" and the number of...
  • State ID Proposal Raises Worries(could discourage immigrants from obtaining a driver's license)

    04/25/2007 7:05:28 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 6 replies · 446+ views
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 25, 2007 | Gabriela C. Guzman
    SANTA FE— Advocates say proposed regulations for obtaining a New Mexico driver's license would create a separate database of illegal immigrants. New Mexico is one of a handful of states in which immigrants, regardless of legal status, can get driver's licenses. Last year Gov. Bill Richardson ordered those regulations be tightened. -snip- Under the proposed rules, everyone but foreigners who lack a Social Security number would be required to present the number when applying for a driver's license. Those without a SSN could still use a federal tax identification number, but would have to sign an affidavit stating they are...
  • Illinois House OKs state driver's certificates for illegals

    03/29/2007 5:27:30 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies · 895+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 29, 2007 | DAVE MCKINNEY AND WHITNEY WOODWARD
    House OKs state driver's certificates for illegals March 29, 2007 BY DAVE MCKINNEY AND WHITNEY WOODWARD Staff Reporters SPRINGFIELD -- As many as 250,000 illegal immigrants could get state driving certificates for the first time and be required to obtain auto insurance under legislation that narrowly passed the House on Wednesday. The House also voted to move up next year's presidential primary from March 20 to Feb. 5 to benefit Sen. Barack Obama, and it closed a loophole that enabled former interim Cook County Board President Bobbie Steele to double her county pension. Advocates of the driving legislation, which passed...
  • North Carolina audit finds 27,000 invalid driver licenses (issued using an invalid SS number)

    03/20/2007 11:20:53 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 47 replies · 1,143+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Mar. 20, 2007 | MARK JOHNSON
    Just under 27,000 North Carolina driver's licenses were issued using an invalid Social Security number, a hole that presents possible security threats and potentially worsens the problem of identify theft, the state auditor's office reported Tuesday. The disclosure is likely to reinvigorate the debate over whether to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. N.C. State Auditor Les Merritt's office compared the 8.1 million N.C. driver's licenses with the Social Security Administration's database of valid numbers. "A driver's license is like a master key that can grant broad access by unlocking multiple doors," Merritt said in a prepared statement. "It...
  • Biblical prophecy finds way to legislators in battle over ID plan

    03/11/2007 6:45:26 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 1,939+ views
    Associated Press (excerpt) ^ | March 11, 2007 | Jon Gambrell
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK --As state legislators line up against the U.S. government's attempt to standardize driver's licenses nationwide, some believe it is a beastly plot that will draw the world closer to the apocalypse. Their inspiration: a magazine dedicated to biblical prophecy. Their fear: national ID numbers given to residents are the mark of the beast, the 666 from the Book of Revelation. "The ramifications are horrendous," said Sen. Ruth Whitaker, whose resolution opposing the Real ID Act of 2005 has passed the Arkansas Senate. "If there is anything akin to Nazi Germany, it is this act." ~ snip...
  • Measure Would Allow Illegals to Get Texas Drivers Licenses

    02/28/2007 7:10:49 AM PST · by laotzu · 37 replies · 1,241+ views
    WOAI ^ | 2/27/07 | Jim Forsyth
    A measure filed today in the Texas Legislature would allow illegal immigrants to get Texas drivers licenses, 1200 WOAI news has learned. State Representative Armando Martinez, who represents the city of Weslaco, on the Rio Grande, says his measure would require that the Texas Department of Public Safety, which issues drivers licenses, accept the 'Matricula Consular' card as legal identification in issuing a license. The 'Matricula Consular' is a card issued by the Mexican government to its citizens who are in the United States, regardless of whether they are in this country legally or illegally. Martinez's bill stresses that the...
  • States challenge nat'l driver's license

    02/04/2007 9:17:11 AM PST · by Brilliant · 36 replies · 990+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 02/04/07 | LESLIE MILLER
    A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states. The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. They are expected soon to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network. "It's the whole...
  • DMV tells pranksters Get photo IDs redone (VA)

    12/21/2006 11:23:07 AM PST · by JZelle · 24 replies · 2,191+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12-21-06 | Zinie Chen Sampson
    RICHMOND -- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles said yesterday it is ordering two men to get their license photos retaken -- this time without the red-painted skin, spray-on hair and fake teeth -- or lose their driving privileges. Will Carsola and Dave Stewart posted Internet videos of their pranks, which included scenes of Mr. Carsola spray-painting his face and neck bright red and Mr. Stewart painting the top of his head black and sticking a row of fake buckteeth in his mouth in an Asian caricature. They each enter the DMV office and return with real licenses with photos...
  • Drivers license changes will cost you time -- and money[Texas]

    12/01/2006 7:20:54 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 79 replies · 2,051+ views
    KHOU ^ | 27 Nov 2006 | Nancy Holland
    Beware. Big changes are coming for anyone with a Texas drivers license or state ID. If you thought you could avoid the lines at the DMV and renew by mail -- think again. A new federal law will force you to renew the license in person. Beginning in 2008, every driver will have to get a new license -- even if their old one hasn't expired. Right now states have different requirements to get a license. But Congress, driven by Homeland Security concerns, recently passed the Real ID act. That means Texas will have the same standards as California, New...
  • Real Bad ID

    10/10/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 1,177+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 10, 2006 | Wall Street Journal
    It's unfair to say that the Republican Congress has done nothing on immigration. In one respect, according to a new report from state officials, Congress made matters worse. In May of last year Congress passed the Real ID Act at the urging of House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.). It was yet another border-security measure, intended to thwart illegal immigration by denying drivers' licenses to undocumented aliens. President Bush signed the legislation in hopes that Republicans then would meet him halfway on comprehensive immigration reform. Didn't happen. We now know that the Tom Tancredo "enforcement first" crowd has no...
  • Driver's license bill vetoed by governor

    09/29/2006 12:40:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 731+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/29/6 | Jim Sanders and Judy Lin
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation Thursday to allow illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses, marking the eighth consecutive year such proposals have died. Senate Bill 1162 was a far weaker proposal than had been pushed in years past, recognizing the string of defeats and bitter political friction over the issue in an election year. The veto marked one of dozens of actions taken Thursday by Schwarzenegger, who is racing to meet a deadline of midnight Saturday to sign or veto about 500 bills remaining on his desk. Two high-profile bills signed by the Republican governor, Senate Bills 1655 and...
  • Schwarzenegger Vetoes Drivers Licenses for Illegal Aliens (Says "premature")

    09/28/2006 7:04:11 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 25 replies · 874+ views
    To the Members of the California State Senate: I am returning Senate Bill 1162 without my signature. This issue has been the subject of a number of prior legislative attempts. Last year I vetoed a similar measure, SB 60, because action on this issue is premature until federal regulations are promulgated to implement the REAL ID Act. We are still awaiting those regulations. Given the potential impact of the REAL ID Act on the public safety and homeland security of Californians, members of my administration are working with the federal government to develop those regulations and secure funds necessary to...
  • Demo bills highlight contrasts. (California)

    08/30/2006 7:22:06 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 250+ views
    Marcury News ^ | Aug. 29, 2006 | Mike Zapler and Edwin Garcia
    The state Assembly on Monday passed a pair of sweeping social policy changes -- a universal health care bill and a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses -- that have virtually no chance of becoming law but could become fodder in the governor's race this fall. The bills represent heartfelt Democratic causes and are certain to draw vetoes from Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, should they reach his desk. They also highlight important differences between Schwarzenegger and his opponent, Democratic Treasurer Phil Angelides. The difference is sharpest on the driver's license bill: Schwarzenegger opposes it; Angelides said...
  • Plan to let illegal immigrants apply for driver's licenses is shelved again

    08/18/2006 3:04:11 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 37 replies · 680+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Aug. 18, 2006 | Edwin Garcia
    This was the seventh time in seven years that Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, had tried to pass the measure, which would establish a special license for the state's more than 2 million undocumented immigrants who, according to estimates, are driving. His most recent efforts have been passed by the Legislature only to be vetoed by Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis. This time, the bill was shot down by a Democratic-controlled committee. Political insiders suggested the measure was perhaps too controversial for an election year. The bill is opposed by Republicans -- and a majority of voters -- who...
  • Immigration politics stall license bill(CA)

    08/18/2006 10:00:35 AM PDT · by radar101 · 18 replies · 410+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 18 AUG 2006 | Aurelio Rojas
    Fearing a voter backlash this fall, Democratic lawmakers Thursday derailed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses. For the eighth consecutive year, legislation pushed by state Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, that has provoked deep emotions on both sides of the immigration debate has apparently failed. Unlike last year, when the legislation was vetoed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- who had vowed to do so again -- Democrats in the Assembly pre-emptively shelved Senate Bill 1160. This time, the measure died without a vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. "My intention and expectations are to move...
  • CA Senate approves minimum wage indexing over governor's objection (Gov will veto)

    06/01/2006 6:57:19 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 349+ views
    Mercury News ^ | June 1, 2006 | DON THOMPSON
    The Senate on Thursday joined the Assembly in approving legislation that would give 1.4 million minimum wage earners a $1-an-hour raise and then boost their pay annually to keep up with inflation. But the Senate bill, along with its Assembly counterpart, seems to be headed for a veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who supports the $1 increase but opposes automatically tying future increases to inflation. Both measures would raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $7.75 an hour in two 50-cent steps - the first on July 1, 2007 and the second on July 1, 2008. They would then require...