June 18, 2013
Monday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Arizona’s law requiring people to prove they’re in the U.S. legally before “motor voter” registration stirred up a hornet’s nest of debate across the nation. It would seem that the simple solution would be for states to stop issuing driver licenses to illegal aliens.
Arizona’s driver license identification requirements clearly state that applicants must submit satisfactory proof that their presence in the U.S. is authorized under federal law. At least one primary identification document must be submitted with the application and in order to obtain any one of these admissible documents the person would have had to provide proof they were in the country legally.
So Arizona, and any other state that requires proof of legality, wouldn’t have to worry about asking people for proof when they register to vote, so long as they require a valid driver license. Seems simple enough, but here’s the problem.
Driver license requirements vary from state to state and many states don’t require a Social Security number, which makes it easy for illegals alien to obtain a license. It also makes it easier for these illegals to obtain other documents and conduct business they wouldn’t ordinarily be allowed to conduct, such as setting up bank accounts, renting housing and boarding planes.
There are several states that willingly issue driver licenses to illegal aliens under the pretense that it reduces traffic accidents, including Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. Drivers who have a legal license to be behind the wheel are supposedly more responsible than their illegal counterparts.
Additionally, granting licenses to illegals increases state revenue from registration fees and car taxes, and helps them get car insurance.
Generally, if you look a little closer, you’ll see the real reason these states are issuing licenses to illegal aliens: They have a large Latino population and Democratic lawmakers are in the majority.
In most states you can obtain a valid driver license simply by showing a valid license from another state. With more than a dozen states to choose from it’s easy for any illegal alien to obtain a license and then transfer to any state of their choice.
And in every state there are plenty of people who, for whatever reason, don’t need or want a driver license. Instead, they carry state-issued IDs or some other legally acceptable form of identification, that may or may not have required proof that they’re in the United States legally.
Monday’s Supreme Court decision is a definite slap-in-the-face for folks in Arizona who want to keep illegal aliens away from the voting booth, and who have every right to decide how they want to handle the problem within their own state.
But if all states implemented stricter measures to prevent illegal aliens from obtaining a driver license or state ID, then Arizona wouldn’t have to worry about requiring proof that someone is in the country legally if they want to register to vote when they get a driver license – because they wouldn’t be able to get a license or ID to begin with.