* Look, I don’t think that the proponents of the soon to be law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s permits are right about every point. But, I’ve been scratching my head about this line of opposition…
State Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Cicero, who sponsored the bill, asserts it will make Illinois’ roads safer and save lives.
We would say that’s highly debatable. What evidence does Hernandez cite to indicate that illegal immigrants with driver’s licenses are safer drivers than those without them? Simply having a driver’s license is no guarantee that a motorist will obey traffic laws or maintain sobriety while operating a vehicle. Don’t thousands of licensed drivers break those laws and drive under the influence each year?
Apparently, the Alton Telegraph editorial board doesn’t believe that driver’s licenses are worth the plastic they’re wrapped in. I eagerly await the paper’s next editorial advocating the abolishment of all driver’s licenses as a waste of time and money, since obviously they don’t work to prevent automobile accidents.
* And then there’s this…
We agree with opponents of this measure who argued that a driver’s license is a privilege, not a right, and that giving illegal immigrants the privilege to drive in Illinois legally when they broke our laws by coming here is bad public policy.
So, I suppose, then, that people who have not yet completed their parole should be denied driver’s licenses as well? How about we forever revoke driver’s licenses from anybody who has ever broken any laws?
Again, I’m not wholly in agreement with every single argument made by the proponents. But these two arguments by the Telegraph just seem like a major reach to arrive at a predetermined position.
* By the way, this is something else that Rep. Hernandez said during debate…
State Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero) said it goes beyond simply road safety and touches on a fundamental fairness - so that if an immigrant parent taking a sick child to the doctor, they can’t be humiliated and sanctioned by the state for not being a licensed driver.
“When you have children with Down Syndrome left at the curb witnessing their parents being arrested, handcuffed and their car being impounded…that’s disgusting,” she said. “That’s distrurbing. This cannot continue.”