License And Registration, Por Favor?
It’s just a suggestion.
That is, the resolution 28 Chicago City Council members signed last Thursday asking the Illinois General Assembly to allow illegal immigrants to obtain state driver’s licenses.
There are an estimated 250,000 illegals residing within Illinois according to the Chicago Reporter in reporting this story.
Current state law does not allow illegal immigrants to obtain a legal state driver’s licenses and if pulled over by law enforcement, can be reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and possibly deported. Since 2007, over 8,006 illegal aliens have been deported out of the Chicago enforcement region according to data from ICE.
According to the Sun-Times coverage of the city council’s resolution, this type of policy decreases the number of uninsured motorists on the roads of states which have move forward with this idea–a positive trend to be sure.
A move to allow illegals to acquire state driver’s licenses has been defeated several times since 2001 in Illinois. Although, with President Obama’s recent executive order preventing the deportation of children who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents and allowing them to obtain Social Security numbers, the landscape may be changing on this issue.
California, New Mexico and Washington are a handful of states which allow undocumented immigrants to get their license. Other states like Texas, Arizona and Nebraska are expressly against this practice. While several Midwest states like Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and yes, Illinois seeming to be moving toward allowing driver’s license to illegals–at least according to a report by WBEZ.
While the gentle prodding of last Thursday’s signed resolution by Chicago aldermen may help speed the process to write the change into state law, the Illinois Secretary of State says it would issue a driver’s license to anyone who could produce valid Social Security documentation.
“As long as the Social Security Administration issues an individual with a Social Security number, and they have the other documents that are required under Illinois law, then they can apply for a driver’s license,” said Henry Haupt, spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who oversees that state’s driver licensing.
Here’s the Chicago’s Reporter piece on this issue, “Chicago Aldermen sign resolution to push for undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses.”