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    GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Reuters) - Illinois took a major step on Tuesday toward granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, which would make it the most populous U.S. state to allow undocumented migrants to legally drive.

    The Democratic-controlled state Senate voted 41-14 to approve licenses for illegal immigrants to raucous cheers from Hispanics in the legislative gallery.

    If the measure becomes law, Illinois would join only two other states, Washington and New Mexico, in granting such drivers licenses. Utah allows driving permits.
    On January 1, California will allow immigrants with federal work permits to receive licenses.

    After taking a drubbing at the polls last month when Democratic President Barack Obama won re-election with 66 percent of Hispanics backing his bid, half of the Illinois Senate's Republicans who voted Tuesday supported the proposal.

    At a press conference, Illinois state Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno, and House Republican leader Tom Cross said Illinois could no longer ignore the presence of illegal immigrants, who are driving without licenses and insurance.

    The measure is expected to be voted on in the Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday. If it passes the House, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the legislation.

    Some Republicans in Washington also have begun to soften their opposition to immigration reform.

    Republican senators from Texas and Arizona last month proposed what they called a compromise plan to offer visas to children brought to the United States by their illegal immigrant parents. The plan by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jon Kyl is intended as a Republican alternative to the Democrats' "Dream Act," which would grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

    Unlicensed, uninsured drivers are involved in almost 80,000 accidents in Illinois annually, resulting in $660 million in damage, according to the Illinois Highway Safety Coalition. Unlicensed immigrant drivers cost $64 million in damage claims.

    The measure would extend to undocumented immigrants Illinois' existing temporary visitor driver's license, used by legal immigrants. The licenses are "visually distinct" from ordinary licenses, with a purple background and the words "not valid for identification" on the front, explained Lawrence Benito, chief executive of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

    The Illinois Safer Families Coalition, an organization that opposes giving drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, ran an ad this week saying Illinois politicians cannot be trusted to administer such a program without corruption.

    According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of Latinos in Illinois was more than 2 million, or nearly 16 percent of the population. Lawmakers estimated about 250,000 illegal immigrants drive in Illinois.....snip~

    http://townhall.com/news/us/2012/12/...gal_immigrants


    The GOP in Illinois is fully supporting the Change. Plus now there will be a full effort to bring Hispanics into the GOP. Thoughts?
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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    WTF; why would they grant anyone who is actively breaking Federal laws anything?

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Another case of sillyness. I especially love this part of the article:

    At a press conference, Illinois state Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno, and House Republican leader Tom Cross said Illinois could no longer ignore the presence of illegal immigrants, who are driving without licenses and insurance.
    Of course they can no longer ignore it. So if an illegal alien is caught without insurance in an accident, they go to jail and/or deported. If an illegal alien gets caught without insurance on a traffic stop for a "valid" traffic infraction, then they get deported.

    It's quite simple really, there is no need for a driver's license for illegal immigrants.

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Genius! Now not only will they know who they are, but they will have their picture on file.

    Much easier to round them up in the future, should the Federal law be enforced.

    I hope they let them keep their cars.

    Now back to reality, does this mean that if there is a traffic violation the cop won't have to defend why he asked for the license?

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    I break the Law all the time in Illinois ... I refuse to put a front license plate on my corvette

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Quote Originally Posted by Cigar View Post
    WTF; why would they grant anyone who is actively breaking Federal laws anything?
    It actually makes sense from a financial perspective. You can't get auto insurance without a drivers license. License or not they are going to drive. Would you rather be hit by a driver with or without liability insurance?

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post

    Now back to reality, does this mean that if there is a traffic violation the cop won't have to defend why he asked for the license?
    They have always been able to ask for a drivers license when you are stopped for a moving violation. If you don't have one then you are cited for driving without a license and you will have to wait until a licensed driver can come pick your car up for you.

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    It actually makes sense from a financial perspective. You can't get auto insurance without a drivers license. License or not they are going to drive. Would you rather be hit by a driver with or without liability insurance?
    Financial in the sense that the state will increase revenues from the new licenses they will be issuing.
    "I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    Financial in the sense that the state will increase revenues from the new licenses they will be issuing.
    That too, I am sure. But I am personally more concerned about getting into an accident with an uninsured driver.

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    Re: GOP Votes Yes to Illinois in Giving Drivers Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    It actually makes sense from a financial perspective. You can't get auto insurance without a drivers license. License or not they are going to drive. Would you rather be hit by a driver with or without liability insurance?
    You have a good point ...

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