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Friday, March 30, 2007

Illinois Halfway to Driving Privileges for Illegals

Source: Chicago Tribune

Illinois would become one of only a handful of states in the nation to authorize illegal immigrants to drive legally on their roads under legislation the Illinois House passed Wednesday to create a special driver's permit for undocumented residents.

The 60-54 vote was an important victory for immigrant advocates, who have focused their energy this spring on several measures before the General Assembly.
That's right, folks. Even as other states are moving in the right direction, mine is clamoring to take a big step in the wrong one.

There goes the Trib -- like most media -- lumping legal and illegal immigrants into one big mushy group for which "immigrant advocates" lobby. Lawlessness is what they are advocating, but what else is new?

"Today we make history," said Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago), the sponsor. "The roads in Illinois will be a safer place, and immigrants can drive to church, to work, and take their children to school legally and without fear."
LEGAL immigrants have no need for fear as they go to church, work, and take their kids to school. ILLEGAL ones should have something to fear. The last time I checked, driving is considered a legal privilege. Why in the world should we grant a legal privilege whose very presence here...plus a whole lot more...is illegal?

The controversial proposal for a driver's certificate for immigrants, which proponents say would encourage many of the state's estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants to get proper training and automobile insurance, still faces more tests before becoming law.
Which brings me to my final point. What makes anyone think that any significant number of people who came here illegally, work here illegally -- often using fraudulent, illegal documentation, and already drive here illegally are suddenly going to become law-abiding illegal aliens (heh!)? Do they really think that hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois illegally are just sitting around waiting to get in line for a chance to pay 6 times what citizens pay for a legal document granting driving privilege? And to diminish their monthly remittances by a legally mandated auto insurance premium?

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights estimates that 250,000 uninsured illegal immigrants are on Illinois roads. Advocates believe as many as half of them would apply for the driving certificates.
"As many as half?" Must be nice to pull vague, unsubstantiated shit out of your ass without anyone questioning where it came from.

But the key is in that last sentence, isn't it? Advocates believe. They have faith. It's their religion. And they're not only trying to force it on the American people -- they're calling us every name in the book, from racist to xenophobe, when we won't silently submit to their religion.

And they have the nerve to call me un-American.

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