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  • 524 Non-Citizens Received Regular Colorado Driver’s Licenses, DMV Says (illegal aliens )

    09/12/2014 3:43:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CBS4 ^ | September 12, 2014
    Colorado’s Department of Motor Vehicles mistakenly issued U.S. citizen driver’s licenses to 524 non-citizens, including some illegal immigrants, CBS4 has learned. The licenses look like those given to state residents. The DMV blamed a software problem at a contractor, who is working with DMV to retrieve the licenses and re-issue correct IDs. ... When the DMV announced it would issue appointments to non-citizens to receive licenses, calls and online orders deluged its offices. Tens of thousands reportedly contacted the DMV to register ... RELATED: Non-Citizen Driver’s Licenses Bogging Down Colorado DMV. Those in the country illegally or without a Social...
  • Appeals Court Rules Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ Can Get Driver’s Licenses

    07/07/2014 7:37:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Appeals Court Rules Immigrant ‘Dreamers’ Can Get Driver’s Licenses A federal appeals court ruled Monday that young adult illegal immigrants whom President Obama has given tentative permission to be in the country — so-called “Dreamers” — are also entitled to driver’s licenses, and... By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times A federal appeals court ruled Monday that young adult illegal immigrants whom President Obama has given tentative permission to be in the country — so-called “dreamers” — are also entitled to driver’s licenses and ordered Arizona to issue them. The ruling comes while the government is debating policy about a new wave...
  • Immigrants weigh in on California driver license rules

    06/25/2014 4:03:32 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Bakersfield Now ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | AMY TAXIN,Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As California prepares to issue driver's licenses to immigrants in the country illegally, residents sounded off Tuesday on what documents should be accepted as proof of identity and residency in the state. At a packed hearing in Los Angeles, scores of immigrants urged the Department of Motor Vehicles to expand the list of acceptable documents to include church and children's school records, which may be easier for some people to obtain. "As a homemaker, we don't get a membership card or a pay stub," said Martha Escandon, 42, whose Mexican immigrant family obtained legal papers in...
  • California Driver’s License Program Hits an Unexpected Hurdle

    03/04/2014 8:07:11 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 4, 2014 | IAN LOVETT
    But one person after another stepped to the microphone and expressed fear that the licenses, far from helping them, could instead be used to deport them. Last year, when California became the most populous state to pass a law permitting undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, advocates for immigrant rights were thrilled, saying it would allow people to commute without fear while also decreasing rates of hit-and-run accidents and uninsured drivers on the roads. Now those advocates are confronting another formidable obstacle: the deep and longstanding mistrust of the American government among this population. It turns out that persuading immigrants...
  • Proposal would ask fish houses to pitch in for immigrant bus

    02/16/2014 10:29:45 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    SouthCoastToday ^ | February 16, 2014 | Curt Brown
    It's no secret that the Central American immigrant community walk the length of Herman Melville Boulevard as they travel to and from the fish houses where they work. They walk because they find it difficult to obtain driver's licenses as they are undocumented. Adrian Ventura said the Registry of Motor Vehicles could help if it would loosen requirements to obtain a driver's license. It is difficult for many to obtain a license because they do not have legal status, he said. The largest immigrant advocacy group in the country, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) has proposed legislation...
  • Inaction on driver's licenses threatens ID use

    02/08/2014 9:27:21 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    SalemNews.com, ^ | February 8, 2014 | Sean Horgan
    State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr yesterday repeated his insistence that Gov. Deval Patrick bring Massachusetts into compliance with the 2005 federal law stiffening requirements on the issuance of driver’s licenses before Bay State residents are prevented from using their licenses as IDs for everyday acts, such as when boarding airplanes or entering some federal facilities. Massachusetts remains one of 12 states not in compliance with the law that was passed in the aftermath of 9/11 and is aimed at strengthening the integrity of states’ driver’s licenses and state-issued identification — most specifically by demanding that states verify citizenship before...
  • Bill would grant driver’s licenses, permits to undocumented immigrants in R.I. / Poll

    02/05/2014 6:13:46 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    he Providence Journal ^ | February 03, 2014 | PHILIP MARCELO
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Immigrants living in Rhode Island illegally would be able to apply for driver’s licenses and permits, under legislation recently introduced into the General Assembly on behalf of Governor Chafee. The proposed “driving privilege licenses” and “driving privilege permits” would be a separate category from regular driver’s licenses and driver’s permits, according to the proposal, which has been introduced by state Rep. Anastasia Williams, D-Providence, and state Sen. Frank Ciccone, D-Providence. They would also not be a valid form of identification for federal or state purposes (such as voting) and would be a different design or color from...
  • Advocates push to give undocumented New York immigrants driver's

    01/09/2014 9:36:22 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | JANUARY 8, 2014 | ERICA PEARSON /
    Advocates push to give undocumented New York immigrants driver's licenses Believing the political climate is now in their favor, advocates are launching a major push to allow undocumented immigrants to get New York State driver’s licenses. Members of more than 50 organizations met Tuesday with an umbrella group known as the New York Immigration Coalition to set their campaign in motion. “We have really decided to go forward, and go forward full steam,” said Steven Choi, the coalition’s executive director. “We are hearing from our members, from Brentwood in Long Island all the way to Buffalo, that driver’s licenses are...
  • New Year Ushers in Md. Law Giving Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses

    01/03/2014 5:09:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 2, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A new law in Maryland that took effect on Jan. 1 allows illegal aliens to get a driver’s licenses in the state.Proponents of the law, passed by state lawmakers and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, said it would make roads safer, because illegal aliens would have to pass driving tests and could get liability insurance from insurance companies.The Maryland Highway Safety Act allows illegal aliens to obtain a license without a Social Security number or proof of lawful residency, according to the Washington Post.The license cannot be used for federal purposes, including entering a federal building or boarding...
  • Translators required for those applying for driver's authorization cards

    01/01/2014 8:54:43 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    MyNews3 ^ | 12/31/2013 | Sandra Gonzalez
    LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Starting on Thursday, undocumented residents can begin applying for Driver Authorization Cards.But there are certain guidelines that must be meet to obtain one of those cards. DMV offices are ready for driver authorization card applicants, and while many employees are bilingual, some people may want to bring a friend or family member to help them with English. "Bring in anyone to help you at the window and at the front desk, to help you through the process if you're English-limited," said the DMV's Kevin Malone. A person can get help with translating when taking the...
  • New York politicians push legislation to allow undocumented immigrants

    12/16/2013 8:22:52 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2013, | Albor Ruiz
    New York politicians push legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license The number of deported immigrants under President Obama is approaching the 2 million mark and immigration reform has become once again no more than a rapidly-fading illusion. Yet, here in New York, some politicians and community leaders are working to alleviate the immigrants’ situation by allowing the undocumented to legally apply for a driver’s license. “A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” said state Sen. José Peralta who, along with Sen. Adriano Espaillat and with the support of Make the Road...
  • Undocumented immigrants start testing for Illinois driver's licenses

    12/05/2013 8:06:50 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 23 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 3, 2013 | MARY WISNIEWSKI
    (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants in Illinois began taking road tests on Tuesday to qualify for driver's licenses, starting a process expected to be closely watched by other U.S. states that are preparing to implement similar laws. Illinois is the largest U.S. state to implement legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses - following in the steps of New Mexico and Washington. Ten states in 2013 including Illinois enacted laws allowing unauthorized immigrants to receive driver's licenses or permits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Implementation dates vary - California, the largest state by population, won't begin issuing licenses...
  • Human Rights Group Calls to End Moratorium on Car Impounding

    11/06/2013 7:25:00 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    atvn.org ^ | November 6, 2013 | Hannah Button
    Marchers gathered in front of the East L.A. Sheriff's Station Wednesday morning to protest against what they consider racial profiling in regard to illegal drivers. Protesers are upset that until a new law goes into effect in January 2015, granting undocumented immigrants driver's licenses, those drivers could still be fined and have their vehicles impounded. Human rights advocates and California immigrants at Wednesday's protest called for L.A. County to stop impounding vehicles. Governor Jerry Brown signed the new law, known as AB60, on October 3. It will also make drivers eligible for insurance and training for written and driving tests...
  • Immigration change advocates press R.I. lawmakers for driver’s licenses/ Poll

    10/25/2013 7:31:11 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Journal State House Bureau ^ | October 24, 2013 | RANDAL EDGAR
    PROVIDENCE — Supporters of immigration reform turned their attention to the governor, state lawmakers and Congress Thursday, saying driver’s licenses, relaxed deportation policies and comprehensive national reform are needed if America is serious about helping millions of undocumented people who have come here for a better life. The group of about 15 gathered at the State House rotunda, calling themselves the local chapter of the national “We Are All Arizona” Coalition and drawing attention to a weeklong drive to seek “dignity and respect” for “all immigrants.” One by one, they came to the podium. The Rev. Raymond Tetrault, retired pastor...
  • Illegal Immigrant Drivers License Program Kicking Off

    10/17/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    wics.com ^ | October 16 2013, | wics.com
    Illegal immigrants, driving legally on the road. Next month, non-visa status people in Illinois can begin the process of obtaining a temporary driver's license. Despite the controversial law being on the books since January, many questions remain. "Public safety." "But they're here illegally." Those are the main arguments for and against a law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain a temporary drivers license for three years. "This means freedom," Claudia Fabian, who came to the U.S. from Argentina, said. "It means being not scared anymore of maybe you are not going to be stopped that day and put in jail...
  • Undocumented immigrants soon can apply for drivers licenses in Aurora, Naperville

    10/07/2013 3:52:27 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    beaconnews.suntimes.com ^ | October 7, 2013 1 | Kalyn Belsha
    AURORA — The Illinois office that issues driver’s licenses is preparing to roll out its biggest initiative in 14 years: helping undocumented immigrants apply for those licenses. Come December, when appointments become available to apply for the licenses, an Aurora facility will be one of 25 designated locations across the state where immigrants can go to get them. “This is our No. 1 priority right now in our office,” said Tom Benigno, chief of staff to Secretary of State Jesse White, who leads the office that is overseeing the initiative. Benigno joined State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Alderman...
  • Arizona to Deny Drivers Licenses to All Illegal Aliens Granted 'Deferred Deportation' by Obama

    09/20/2013 1:26:20 PM PDT · by montag813 · 11 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-20-2013 | John Hill
    "Take your DACA and shove it!" - by John HillStand With ArizonaArizona Governor Jan Brewer is under fire from pro-illegal alien "rights" groups like the ACLU and La Raza for refusing drivers licenses to illegal alien "youth" granted virtual amnesty under Barack Obama's DACA program. They have sued repeatedly to try and stop her. But rather than back down, Brewer has doubled down. Brewer has now directed her Department of Transportation to expand her denial of drivers licenses to ALL illegal aliens granted a reprieve from deportation by the Obama DHS or ICE, regardless of circumstances. The left has erupted...
  • Javier Costillo: Immigration bill big change

    06/16/2013 9:27:08 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    The Daily Reflector ^ | June 16, 2013 | Javier Costillo
    Allow me to say thank you to N.C. Reps. Brian Brown, Jonathan Jordan and other members of the N.C. Legislature for taking the initiative to find a solution to the vast number of undocumented drivers in North Carolina with section 9 of H.B. 786, the “RECLAIM N.C.” Act. I suggest that this section be effective on the day after the governor signs the legislation, if approved, instead of waiting until Oct. 1. The Catholic nuns at St. Gabriel in Greenville will be happy to know that they no longer will have to be on the lookout for the state trooper...
  • Thousands Testify In Favor Of Bills Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Get Drivers Licenses

    03/04/2013 7:54:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | March 4, 2013 | DANIELA ALTIMARI
    NEW HAVEN —— About 2,000 supporters of a pair of bills that would permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a Connecticut drivers license turned out for a public hearing Monday night. The crowd filled the auditorium, cafeteria and gymnasium of Wilbur Cross High School, where members of the legislature's transportation committee had gathered to collect testimony.They heard from Mayor John DeStefano, top legislative leaders and Catholic priests. But they also heard from dozens of illegal immigrants, who brought deeply personal stories, in both English and Spanish, of how they must drive to get to work, or to pick up their children,...
  • Arizona debates driver's licenses for immigrants

    02/14/2013 5:25:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 02/14/2013 | Associated Press
    After Mabel Muñoz was stopped by police while driving to her college dormitory, the honor student was
  • Groups demand Secretary of State grant young immigrants driver’s licenses

    01/25/2013 8:37:31 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Arab American News ^ | 01.24.2013 | Arab American News
    MICHIGAN — Immigrant advocate groups and people across the state are calling on Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson to comply with a federal mandate and grant young eligible immigrants the right to drive. In a telephone news conference on Wednesday, Reverend Jack Eggleston joined two young immigrants to demand that Johnson follow the mandate. Michigan immigrants eligible for work permits under immigration reforms still have no legal way to search for work or to get to work because of Johnson’s refusal to grant them driver’s licenses. President Obama’s executive action this summer grants certain younger undocumented immigrants work permits and...
  • Immigrants gain path to driver’s licenses

    01/14/2013 10:21:03 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Yale Daily News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Monica Disare
    Last Sunday, 439 people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church in Fair Haven to celebrate what could be a breakthrough year for undocumented workers in Connecticut. The crowd praised the first milestone this year for immigrants — that undocumented youth protected under President Obama’s executive order DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, can now obtain legal driver’s licenses in Connecticut. State leaders also announced their plan to introduce a bill this session allowing all undocumented workers in Connecticut to acquire driver’s licenses. The Sunday gathering was run by CONECT, or Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, which...
  • Illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill sent to governor

    01/08/2013 12:25:48 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8, 2013 | Ray Long and Rafael GuerreroClout Street
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a measure to allow illegal immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses, sending it to a supportive Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The 65-46 vote came after a lengthy debate in which backers and foes laid out their cases. Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, cited numerous concerns about public safety. Opponents questioned why fingerprinting isn't part of the legislation. Republican Rep. Randy Ramey of DuPage County said too many issues are left unanswered.
  • Let illegal immigrants get licenses

    01/07/2013 8:05:27 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 7, 2013 | Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart
    As sheriff of Illinois’ largest county, I am responsible for providing safe roads. We are all safer when every driver is trained, tested, licensed and insured. That is why I support SB957, legislation that requires unlicensed immigrant drivers to obtain Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses. Illinois already offers a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License to immigrants with non-work visas. Immigrants are driving every day. They need to get to work, take their children to school, shop at grocery stores or go to church. The TVDLs are visually distinct with a purple background. They are marked on the front that they are not...
  • Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants?

    12/04/2012 9:00:12 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    WIFR ^ | Dec 03, 2012 | WIFR/Landon Cassman
    ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It may be hard to believe, but there may be as many as a quarter of a million undocumented immigrants driving around Illinois without a driver's license. Ponce can't get one because he says he's an undocumented immigrant. "I've been stopped twice. One was with a state trooper, and the issue was cleared up. And that was because I had a bad light in the back of the car. And the other one was I had an accident, and that case was also resolved. But still I think that this is an appropriate move,” said Alfredo Ponce.
  • Our view: Limit illegal immigrant license plan

    11/28/2012 2:27:33 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Northwest Herald ^ | November 28, 2012 | Shaw Media
    There are two ways to look at the recent push by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The first is to say absolutely not. Illegal immigrants, after all, are here illegally. They’re not supposed to be living in the U.S. They shouldn’t be able to buy and register automobiles. Employers aren’t supposed to hire them, so they shouldn’t have jobs that they need a car to drive to each day. And so on. Giving illegal immigrants driver’s licenses also sends the message that, yes, we will accept you in our...
  • Sheriff Supports Bill to Grant Undocumented Immigrants Driver's Licenses

    11/16/2012 10:40:01 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    GrayslakePatch.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Gloria Casas
    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran Jr. is backing a bill requiring all Illinois drivers be licensed and insured including undocumented immigrants. Curran joined with the Highway Safety Coalition Tuesday in a press conference Tuesday calling on the Illinois General Assembly to “have courage and put highway safety first by passing legislation in veto session 2012 to require all Illinois drivers to be licensed and insured.” “There are a lot of undocumented immigrants that need to get to work and by virtue of the way the system is set up, by having to have a social security number, are not eligible...
  • Ga. high court to weigh case on immigrants and driver's licenses

    11/01/2012 8:25:18 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    The Marietta Daily Journal ^ | November 01, 2012 | by Kim Isaza
    ATLANTA — On Monday afternoon, the Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case out of Gwinnett County in which a Mexican citizen claims the state law requiring driver’s licenses discriminates against illegal immigrants. Fernando Castillo-Solis also argues that the 287(g) program, which is used in Gwinnett’s jail as well as others, including Cobb’s, allows law-enforcement officers to racially profile. The state statute at issue regarding driver’s licenses, section 40-5-20, indicates that those charged with driving without a license may not be prosecuted if they get a valid license before their court date. The Cobb Sheriff’s Office has been...
  • Petition sent to Raleigh regarding undocumented immigrants

    10/13/2012 2:51:50 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    WECT ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Nadine Maeser
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WECT) – Some North Carolinians are petitioning driver licenses for undocumented residents. Jesus Ministry out of Charlotte has been working on a project to allow the eight percent of the population that represent undocumented residents to acquire a driver's license. According to a press release, these undocumented residents drive to school, church work and other places of interest and do not possess a valid document to operate a vehicle.
  • 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 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...
  • (Jerry) Brown approves driver's licenses for young undocumented immigrants

    09/30/2012 10:50:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 30, 2012 | 9:57 pm
    The governor signed a bill Sunday that will let hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants qualify for California driver’s licenses. 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. …
  • State Busts Driver’s License Fraud Ring (NM - Richardson legacy)

    06/07/2012 7:36:56 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 7, 2012 | Charles D. Brunt
    A telephone call to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division from a Brazilian woman living in Georgia helped investigators uncover a complex scheme that state officials say could have resulted in hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses being issued to illegal immigrants. The woman contacted MVD to ask why she had not been not received a permanent license to replace the temporary one she had been issued, District Attorney Matthew Chandler of Clovis said during a news conference here Wednesday. That inquiry triggered an investigation in which the woman said she paid the ringleader of the scheme $4,000 for a...
  • NM busts alleged driver's license fraud ring .

    06/06/2012 7:20:12 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2012 | Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities on Wednesday detailed what they called a "recipe for fraud" as they announced the bust of a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent driver's licenses.
  • Extremists break into, take over $2.5 millon foreclosed home

    05/30/2012 5:10:12 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 19 replies
    An Upstate man is in custody, accused by the FBI and local law enforcement as being part of a “domestic terrorist group” that broke into and took over a foreclosed home, according to a release by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The home is listed as being valued at $2,599,000. A realtor checking on the home found a notice, apparently posted by the extremists, saying that they were taking possession of the home. The Sheriff's Office release said, “On April 24, a deputy responded to a report of a burglary at 112 White Violet Way in Sunset. A lock on...
  • Bill would end car impounds for unlicensed drivers

    05/31/2012 10:09:55 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May. 31, 2012 | The Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Illegal immigrants will no longer have to fear losing their vehicles during routine traffic stops if a bill passed by the Assembly becomes law.
  • California assemblyman tries again to OK driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

    02/26/2012 9:54:20 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/26/12 | Jim Sanders
    After winning passage of a law allowing some undocumented immigrants to apply for college aid, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's new goal is driver's licenses. The Los Angeles Democrat will carry legislation this year that would allow undocumented immigrants to be licensed, tested and insured. Similar Cedillo measures have passed the Democrat-controlled Legislature in years past but were vetoed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cedillo hopes to work with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on a bill that can pass muster. The issue has been extremely controversial among lawmakers for much of the past 10 years, with opponents arguing that people who are...
  • Some say newspaper cartoons offensive (NM- Cartoons poke fun at licenses for illegals)

    02/21/2012 5:14:52 PM PST · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    KRQU News 13, Albuquerque ^ | February 21, 2012 | Katie Kim
    ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A series of political cartoons against driver's licenses to illegal immigrants is causing quite a stir. Even the governor says the newspapers cartoons go too far. The cartoons in the Roswell Daily Record poke fun at the law that gives driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. They've run in the paper over the last year, including one from Friday that features a caricature of an immigrant whose only able to muster the word "si." "Here you have a gentleman with a cap and a Mexican flag on it," said Javier Martinez from the Partnership for Community Action....
  • 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.
  • House gets ban on illegals' licenses

    02/03/2012 6:29:29 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    KASA ^ | 03 Feb 2012 | Katie Kim
    SANTA FE (KRQE) - The House Judiciary Committee late Friday approved a bill to ban drivers licenses for illegal immigrants after efforts to find a compromise failed. A bipartisan group had been trying to find common ground with Gov. Susana Martinez and the Senate but couldn't do it. One Democratic version would have continued the licenses but for shorter terms and with tighter restrictions. There was also a proposal to give illegals temporary permits that could be used for driving but not for ID or other purposes.
  • Immigrant driver's license repeal falls short in New Mexico

    01/27/2012 9:52:21 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    TriValley Central ^ | January 27, 2012 | BARRY MASSEY Associated Press
    SANTA FE, N.M. — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez suffered a temporary political setback Thursday in a bid to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
  • N.M. License Data Points to Fraud

    01/26/2012 9:03:09 AM PST · by CedarDave · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 26, 2012 | Barry Massey, AP
    SANTA FE — An Associated Press investigation has found that addresses of dozens of the same businesses and homes across New Mexico were used over and over again by people to get driver’s licenses in a pattern that suggests potential fraud by immigrants trying to game the system. In one instance, 48 foreign nationals claimed to live at a smoke shop in Albuquerque to get a license. In another case, more than a dozen claimed to live at an automotive repair shop over a one-year period. The scenario has been repeated at other addresses since New Mexico changed its law...
  • Gov., Bishops Still Split Over Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants (NM)

    01/19/2012 8:21:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez joined Archbishop Michael Sheehan and other Catholic bishops for breakfast Wednesday and met privately in the state Capitol over the weekend with New Mexico’s top-ranking Roman Catholic leader. But while the governor and Sheehan were able to find common ground regarding an abortion bill, they remain divided on the high-profile driver’s license issue. Sheehan and other Catholic bishops have staunchly defended the 2003 state law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, while Martinez has waged a high-profile effort to repeal the law. At the Wednesday morning Catholic prayer breakfast attended by Martinez...
  • Judge blocks NM governor on immigrant driver licenses

    09/01/2011 2:23:05 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Fox 59 ^ | September 1, 2011 | Tim Gaynor, Cynthia Johnston
    SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A New Mexico judge on Wednesday blocked a move by the state's Republican governor to make it harder for illegal immigrants to keep driver's licenses in the state. Governor Susana Martinez's administration last month ordered the state to reverify the physical residency of foreign nationals who hold New Mexico driver's licenses in order to get or keep their licenses.But District Court Judge Sarah Singleton in Santa Fe issued a temporary restraining order blocking the program, arguing in a brief ruling that "irreparable injury" would occur from "constitutional deprivations to the applicants
  • License Access in New Mexico Is Heated Issue

    08/24/2011 11:25:58 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 23, 2011 | MARC LACEY
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is one of just two states, the other being Washington, that allow in-state residents who are illegal immigrants to get the same driver’s licenses given to citizens, as long as they pass a written test and successfully show they can turn and stop and park. But critics, led by the newly elected governor, Susana Martinez, say that the lenient licensing law attracts illegal immigrants from far and wide who fraudulently claim they live in New Mexico in order to get identification cards that allow them to settle into American life. “We don’t have any...
  • Bishops Back License Law (NM - Support continuing licenses for illegals)

    08/17/2011 12:58:44 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | August 17, 2011 | Dan Boyd and Rene Romo
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s push to repeal the 2003 law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses is generating opposition from the state’s Roman Catholic hierarchy. The state’s Catholic bishops, an active voice in many hot-button political issues in recent years, are urging Martinez and state lawmakers not to scrap the controversial law, contending it benefits public safety and the economy. A statement released this week and signed by Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of Las Cruces and Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, asserts the law leads to more drivers having auto insurance and allows immigrant...
  • Ohio on alert to high-quality fake driver's licenses

    08/08/2011 3:00:58 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 12 replies
    toledoblade.com ^ | August 8, 2011 | David Eggert
    Snips from Excerpt only website: But the IDs originating from one Chinese company are nearly flawless to the untrained eye, officials said. They copy more of the security features that appear on the real thing -- holograms, bar codes, magnetic strips that can be scanned, and ultraviolet images. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago this year have seized more than 1,700 Chinese-produced phony driver's licenses for the states of Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, and South Dakota.
  • Border Patrol a Challenge For License Reviews (NM - A unique way to catch illegals)

    07/28/2011 12:52:16 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 28, 2011 | Deborah Baker
    Foreign nationals from around the state are being summoned to Albuquerque for a check of their New Mexico driver’s license documents, but roadblocks might confront some drivers from the south: namely, U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints. Las Cruces-area drivers, for instance, who are in the United States illegally but who have legally obtained New Mexico licenses, might not be able to clear southern checkpoints to head north to Albuquerque. The roads leading from the Las Cruces area to the interior of New Mexico have five checkpoints, including one on Interstate 25 about 25 miles north of the border, according to the...
  • Foreigners’ Licenses Checked (NM Gov orders proof of residency)

    07/20/2011 9:46:22 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 20, 2011 | Deborah Baker
    Ten thousand randomly selected foreign nationals with New Mexico driver’s licenses are being told to make appointments in Albuquerque to verify their residency, Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said Tuesday. Drivers who don’t make the appointments or fail to provide proof of residency would face cancellation of their licenses, the Governor’s Office said. Martinez said the residency certification program will provide data about the extent to which licenses have been issued to people who don’t live in New Mexico. The administration said the letters were to go out beginning immediately to 10,000 of the 85,000 foreign nationals without Social Security numbers...
  • N.M. Licenses Advertised In N.Y. Paper (Driver's licenses for illegals)

    06/07/2011 3:55:10 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 7, 2011 | Journal Staff
    The U.S. Border Patrol arrested and charged Jose Luis Aguirre last month with harboring illegal immigrants ...... [He] took out an ad in El Diaro, a Spanish-language daily in New York City, to attract clients for his services facilitating driver’s license acquisition in New Mexico, according to court papers. The cost ... $2,500 to $2,700, plus expenses ...Aguirre’s is the latest case in an international market that has drawn foreign nationals from India, Poland, Brazil, Korea and elsewhere to fraudulently obtain New Mexico licenses. The governor has called on state lawmakers to repeal the law and wants licenses already issued...