Driver's licenses for illegal aliens is bad policy. Here's why:
- It Poses National Security Risks. Granting illegal aliens driver’s licenses makes them virtually invisible to enforcement authorities by giving them the one document they need most to secure employment, transact business, and register to vote. The 19 September 11, 2001 terrorists carried among them dozens of state driver’s licenses and identification cards. These documents allowed them to obtain housing, transportation and other accommodations without raising suspicion while they planned and executed their deadly conspiracy.
- It Burdens Taxpayers. Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $113 billion annually; $84 billion of which is borne at the state and local level. States that grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens become magnets for illegal immigration, encouraging additional illegal immigration into the state and further burdening taxpayers.
- It Will Not Significantly Improve Road Safety or Guarantee More Insured Drivers. While California issued 650,000 licenses to illegal aliens in 2015, only 11,348 people (not all of them illegal aliens) purchased insurance through a state-run insurance program for low-income individuals. Moreover, New Mexico, who has been granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens for more than a decade, reportedly has the highest percentage of uninsured drivers in the country.
- It Rewards Lawbreakers. A driver’s license is a state benefit. Accommodating and rewarding those who violate our immigration laws encourages others to follow the same path and gives prospective immigrants little incentive to pursue the legal paths to immigration when they can side step the process and gain the same benefits.
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