MA Joint Committee on Transportation Considering the Release of a Bill to Provide Licenses to Illegals
We need the help of all Patriots in Massachusetts
The MA Joint Committee on Transportation has extended the deadline to July 3 for moving The Safe Driving Bill (H 3285), that would provide driver’s licenses to illegals. out of their committee. As usual, our MA legislative body believe that if they choose a positive name for a bill, even if it is a horrendously bad bill, that a gullible public will swallow it hook, line and sinker. It’s all in the name of obfuscating the true nature of the proposed legislation, in this case creating an allusion that this bill will increase safety even though it does the exact opposite. For example, recently an illegal Mexican alien with outstanding arrest warrants, Daniel Leal Ortega, was charged in the death of a 3-year old Saugus boy who would be alive today if Ortega wasn’t in our country and driving on our streets. This Safe Driving Bill is anything but safe and will ultimately lead to greater risks and dangers to all citizens in the Commonwealth. But forget that. From this point forward we will rename the bill appropriately for what it is, namely the Un-Safe Driving Bill (H 3285).
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Poses National Security Risks.
Granting illegal aliens driver’s licenses makes them invisible to enforcement authorities by giving them the one document they most need to secure employment, transact business and register to vote. This fact is especially disturbing considering that, unlike legal immigrants, illegal aliens are not subject to stringent background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine the existence of any national security threat that they might pose. The 19 September 11 terrorists carried among them over 30 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.
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Encourages More Illegal Immigration.
States who grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens become magnets for illegal immigration. Illegal immigration results in higher costs of living, reduced job availability, lower wages, higher crime rates fiscal hardship on hospitals and substandard quality of care for residents, burdens on public services, increasing their costs and diminishing their availability and a reduction on the overall quality of life.
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens in One State Creates Adverse Consequences in Other States.
Many states grant recognition of sister states’ driver’s licenses for purposes of granting driver’s licenses to applicants. In other words, an illegal alien could obtain a driver’s license in one state, then potentially take the driver’s license to another state and obtain a driver’s license based on reciprocity.
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Is Fiscally Unwise.
It is not fair to constituents to continue to increase taxes, cut their benefits and mortgage against their children’s futures while expanding benefits for illegal aliens. States must not invite illegal immigration to their state and place the fiscal burden of providing education, health care and other services to illegal aliens on the backs of taxpayers. Legislators should not spend scarce resources by granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens who are subject to immediate deportation. States have a legitimate interest in restricting licenses to those who are citizens or legal residents because of the concern that persons subject to immediate deportation will not be financially responsible for property damage or personal injury due to automobile accidents. Many supporters of illegal alien driver’s licenses are under the misguided impression that our country needs illegal workers. That is simply untrue. Over 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed. The U.S. is in no “desperate need of the labor” of illegal aliens. While the national unemployment rate is currently at 6.3 percent, many states unemployment rates well exceed the national average. For example, the unemployment rate is up to 8.4 percent in Illinois, 7.2 percent in New Jersey, 8.1 percent in California, 8.7 percent in Rhode Island, and as high as 8.5 percent in Nevada. Providing driving privileges to illegal aliens will only encourage illegal aliens to remain in the state and continue to work in the underground economy for lower wages – severely undercutting American workers and yielding little to no tax revenue for the state.
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Rewards Lawbreakers.
Granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens is a perverse incentive for illegal alien families to move to those states who issue them. 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. Granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens also insults those legal immigrants who patiently waited for months and years for the U.S. State Department and DHS to approve their application for admission or adjustment and paid thousands of dollars in travel, legal and medical fees to abide by the entry, employment, health and processing laws and regulations.
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Conflicts with and Frustrates the Purposes and Objectives of Federal Immigration Law.
Federal law clearly states under what circumstances a person may legally reside in the United States. An illegal alien, by definition, does not possess lawful presence and is immediately removable. Granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens treats them as if they are lawfully present and facilitates illegal conduct. A driver’s license is one of the most useful single items of identification for creating an appearance of lawful presence. Providing identification and driving privileges to illegal aliens only enables the illegal aliens to continue to live, work, and vote in states unlawfully in contradiction to federal law.
Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens Will Not Significantly Impact Road Safety or Guarantee More Insured Drivers.
In 2011, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report that analyzed traffic accident data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System database.The AAA report reveals that from 2007-2009 less than 5 percent of the drivers involved in fatal car accidents nationwide were unlicensed drivers.
So please call the following legislators and tell them that this bill is
dangerous to personal safety and National Security and they must kill it in
President of the Senate – Therese Murray
D-Plymouth, Phone 617-722-1500
Speaker of the House – Robert A. DeLeo
D Winthrop, Phone 617-722-2500
Joint Committee on Transportation
Senate Chair – Thomas M. McGee, Senator D-Lynn, Phone: 617-722-1350
Senate Vice Chair – Thomas P. Kennedy, Senator D-Brockton, Phone: 617-722-1200
House Chair – William M. Straus, Representative D-Mattapoisett, Phone: 617-722-2400
House Vice Chair – John J. Mahoney, Representative D-Worcester, Phone: 617-722-2400
Gale D. Candaras (D-Wilbraham) Phone: 617-722-1291
Robert L. Hedlund (R-Weymouth) Assistant Minority Leader Phone: 617-722-1646
Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) Phone: 617-722-1485
Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton) Phone: 617-722-1551
Michael F. Rush (D-West Roxbury) Phone: 617-722-1348
Gailanne M. Cariddi (D-North Adams) Phone: 617-722-2450
Mark J. Cusack (D-Braintree) Phone: 617-722-2637
Peter J. Durant (R-Spencer) Phone: 617-722-2060
John V. Fernandes (D-Milford) Phone: 617-722-2220
Michael J. Finn (D-West Springfield) Phone: 617-722-2637
Danielle W. Gregoire (D-Marlborough) Phone: 617-722-2460
Steven S. Howitt (R-Seekonk) Phone: 617-722-2305
Timothy R. Madden (D-Nantucket) Phone: 617-722-2810
Christopher M. Markey (D-Dartmouth) Phone: 617-722-2396
Jerald A. Parisella (D-Beverly) Phone: 617-722-2877
Chris Walsh (D-Framingham) Phone: 617-722-2013
Additional Un-Safe Driving Bill (H 3285): Talking Points:
1. This bill has nothing to do with safe driving. Its singular goal is to make it more convenient for illegal aliens to live in our state, and for unscrupulous employers to hire them instead of Americans and legal immigrants.
2. We should be discouraging illegal immigration, not encouraging it by issuing ID cards that make it easier for them to claim social services they are not entitled to … jobs, board airplanes, enter federal buildings, conceal their true identity, and even vote.
3. The Registry cannot possibly determine if illegal aliens are who they say they are, because many of them lack proper identification. Relying only on easily-faked documents – leases and utility bills – will introduce too much fraud into the ID system.
4. Massachusetts will become a magnet for fraud and illegal aliens from all over the country to get licenses. This will cause our licenses to be devalued in other states and by the federal government.
5. Issuing licenses to illegal aliens does not necessarily reduce the number of uninsured drivers. In New Mexico, they found that issuing DLs to illegal aliens did not reduce the number who drove without insurance, even though that was a key goal of the program.
6. Issuing licenses to illegal aliens has not been shown to reduce accidents, drunk driving, or other unsafe driving behaviors. Studies in California and New Mexico fail to show any improvement in safe driving as a result of issuing licenses to illegal aliens.
7. Legislators should instead work to reduce illegal immigration by encouraging enforcement of unlicensed driver laws, implementing mandatory E-Verify, and working with ICE to increase the number of deportations, especially of criminals and reckless illegal alien drivers.
8. Legislators should also demand that the governor stop allowing unlicensed drivers to register vehicles and get license plates for their cars, according to the law they passed with bipartisan agreement in 2012.