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- 01-07-2013, 09:37 PM #1
CT - State Will Issue Driverís Licenses To Some Illegal Immigrants
January 7, 2013 3:38 PM
By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state will issue driverís licenses to illegal immigrants who qualify for a federal immigration enforcement program, a Malloy administration official said Monday.
The driverís licenses will provide temporary legal status for young motorists to obtain car registration and insurance, said Michael Lawlor, undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning.
ďThere will be fewer people on the road without registration, insurance and a license,Ē he said.
To be eligible for the driverís licenses, immigrants must comply with a directive issued by President Barack Obama in June that eased enforcement of immigration laws.
Under the Obama administration plan, illegal immigrants will be immune from deportation if they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED or served in the military.
They also can apply for a work permit that will be good for two years with no limits on how many times it can be renewed.
ďThese are people who are here legally because of the presidentís directive,Ē Lawlor said.
The driverís licenses will not be ďID compliant,Ē which means they may not be used to buy airline tickets or other functions requiring photo ID, he said.
About 4,000 or 5,000 motorists in Connecticut are eligible, he said.
A group of activists has been pushing for the change in Connecticut. Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut organized a rally in New Haven on Sunday.
The group says about 54,000 Connecticut residents who must drive to work or take children to school cannot get licenses because they are in the U.S. illegally.
Advocates say allowing immigrants to have driverís licenses would improve safety on the roads because the immigrantsí driving skills would be tested. Supporters also say the state would get more revenue from the DMV fees paid by immigrants.
Asked if the Malloy administration acted in response to the lobbying efforts, Lawlor said the state is moving on the driverís license issue because ďthe new ingredient is the deferred action status.Ē
Representatives of the group did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Washington and New Mexico allow illegal immigrants to get driverís licenses.
Utah grants immigrants a special driving permit that may not be used as identification and Illinois lawmakers may consider a measure to let illegal immigrants have driverís licenses.
New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez has tried unsuccessfully to win repeal of the law. The Republican governor cited the case of a woman sentenced to 10 years for forging affidavits that authorities say allowed 44 illegal immigrants to get New Mexico driverís licenses.
State Will Issue Driverís Licenses To Some Illegal Immigrants ę CBS ConnecticutWe have immigration laws that just need to be enforced.
- 01-08-2013, 12:03 AM #2We have immigration laws that just need to be enforced.
- 01-08-2013, 11:20 AM #3
Connecticut to issue driver's licenses to executive amnesty recipients
Monday, January 7, 2013, 4:40 PM EST
The office of Conn. Gov. Daniel Malloy confirmed the state will give driving privileges to illegal aliens approved for the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The details are currently being worked out.
“It doesn’t require an executive order, but it’s something that the Department of Motor Vehicles can do on its own as a matter of policy,” a governor’s office spokesman said. “If someone comes in with the new federal document, they will receive an ‘unverified’ license” that will be legal for driving. The governor’s office said up to 5,000 illegal aliens may be eligible for the license, which will not be REAL ID-compliant or sufficient ID for boarding an airplane.
The pro-illegal alien group Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut heralded the move and said, “CONECT will not stop there. We will not leave the thousands of these young people’s parents and families and our neighbors behind. So CONECT announces today the Safe Driving Campaign. Together with our legislative allies, we will pursue changes in the law, and our solution is this: to grant...to all residents of the state, regardless of immigration status, an opportunity to obtain a state of Connecticut driver’s license, to register their cars and to properly insure them.”
The group estimates about 54,000 illegal aliens would benefit from a broader license giveaway.
Last edited by Newmexican; 01-08-2013 at 11:35 AM.
- 01-08-2013, 11:34 AM #4
CT wake the hell up can they read our sign's ? our sign are In English come on USA wake the hell Up
by the way can I gave my grand kids a Driver's Licenese she can not read . she 2 years old
& The illegal Immigrants are 16 years Old & still can not read ? Our sign are in English how do they test for this ?
wake the hell UP Gov I for get it all obama doing well he is not fit to be President at all
No amnesty Or dream act