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    Lexington, KY, Seeks to Give Illegal Aliens Driver's License

    http://www.kentucky.com/211/story/209984.html

    Report: Issue ID cards in Lexington
    DRIVER'S LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SOUGHT
    By Steve Lannen
    SLANNEN@HERALD-LEADER.COM
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    A Lexington commission studying immigration issues will recommend that city officials issue local identification cards to undocumented immigrants and others.

    The group's report also will recommend that Lexington officials lobby state leaders in Frankfort to allow immigrants illegally in the country to obtain Kentucky driver's licenses.

    Those are two of eight recommendations discussed and voted on by commission members last night at City Hall. The final report could be delivered to Mayor Jim Newberry by the end of the week.

    In June, Newberry used an executive order to form a nine-member commission to recommend to him what city officials can or should do relative to the immigration issue.

    Details of how recommendations might be implemented and become policy were not discussed last night.

    Similar policies in other communities have generated controversy:

    • Last month, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer introduced a plan to allow driver's license applicants to use a valid foreign passport in place of the usually required Social Security number. The plan goes into effect in December. He has since had to defend the plan from Republican leaders there who claim he is aiding terrorists, according to Newsday.

    • In July, the city of New Haven, Conn., became the first in the nation to begin issuing local identification cards to anyone who is a resident of the city. A purpose of the card was to help someone open a bank account or identify themselves if they did not have a state or federal ID.

    • In Kentucky, Richmond briefly considered offering local IDs two years ago, but quickly scrapped the idea after negative reaction.

    Last night, six commission members voted to recommend ID cards. Commission member and Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson opposed the recommendation arguing that cardholders should submit to fingerprinting to better identify them. Commission member James Keller said people wouldn't participate if that was a requirement. Commission chairman Glen Krebs also voted against the measure, questioning whether the cards are legally valid.

    Larson also disagreed with a majority of the commissioners on the issue of whether local law enforcement should seek federal immigration law training, or 287g. He submitted an alternate recommendation that Fayette sheriff's deputies or Fayette jail employees be trained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of people arrested and detained at the jail. All other commissioners voted in favor of a recommendation that stated no LFUCG agency should enter into a 287g program at this time as well as commending Lexington police for their efforts to foster relationships with all parts of the community.

    Doug Roy, a member and Web master for Kentuckians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement said the recommendations show a disconnect between Lexington and not only the rest of Kentucky, but a number of states in the nation.

    "It sounds like the commission is out of touch with the average Kentucky citizen," Roy said.

    Freddy Peralta, president of Kentuckians for the Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, praised the commission's recommendation, especially the part about driver's licenses.

    If all people could obtain a state license, it would make the roads safer and lower insurance rates, he said. A coalition will lobby for the issue during the legislative session this winter, he said.

    "We'll definitely do what we can to make sure these recommendations go forward," he said.

    Commission member Wendy DeVier was not present at last night's meeting. She has indicated she intends to submit an alternate report that departs from the commission's report.

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    Please help stop this by contacting
    Lexington Mayor, Jim Newberry, 859-425-2255
    Governor Ernie Fletcher, http://governor.ky.gov/contact.htm

    Lexington/Fayette County Council Members:

    Contact the Vice Mayor:
    Jim Gray -- 258-3202
    Legislative Aide:
    Maureen Watson -- 258-3202
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    jgray@lfucg.com

    At Large Councilwoman:
    Linda Gorton -- 258-3200
    Legislative Aide:
    Melynda Milburn -- 258-3828
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    lgorton@lfucg.com

    At Large Councilman:
    Chuck Ellinger II -- 258-3212
    Legislative Aide:
    Shannon Settles -- 258-3210
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    cellinge@lfucg.com

    District 1 Councilwoman:
    Andrea James -- 258-3216
    Legislative Aide:
    Sarah Brown -- 258-3205
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    ajames@lfucg.com

    District 2 Councilman:
    Tom Blues
    258-3200
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    tblues@lfucg.com

    District 3 Councilman:
    Dick DeCamp
    258-3222
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    dickd@lfucg.com

    District 4 Councilman:
    Julian Beard
    258-3200
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    jbeard@lfucg.com

    District 5 Councilman:
    David Stevens
    258-3200
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    davids@lfucg.com

    District 6 Councilman:
    Kevin Stinnett
    258-3225
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    kstinnett@lfucg.com

    District 7 Councilwoman:
    K.C. Crosbie
    258-3200
    Fifth Floor
    Government Center
    200 East Main Street
    Lexington, KY 40507
    kcrosbie@lfucg.com

    and the Lexington Commission of Immigration Members:
    edlane@lfucg.com, kcrosbie@lfucg.com, brich@transy.edu, GKREBS@wyattfirm.com, Maxlegalaid@aol.com, RayLarson@LexingtonProsecutor.com, jgray@lfucg.com, ajames@lfucg.com, dickd@lfucg.com, jbeard@lfucg.com, davids@lfucg.com

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    Welcome kywildcat. This is a very enlightening article. You'll find a lot of support here!!!

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    If we can defeat licenses for illegals in New York State today, this will help us quash such efforts in other locations like KY.

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    kywildcat: Welcome aboard!
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    Welcome kywildcat.

    Really, I guess they want a pounding like NY is getting.

    Before they run off investing in printing machines, they better consider the fraud it will create and they need to look at how unsucessful it has been in New Haven. The Crimigrants wont go get cards.

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. I've been a lurker member here for quite awhile, just haven't posted. If you go to other boards, will you please repost this story there.
    I used to live in Lexington and it breaks my heart to see what's happening there. I can't stand to go there anymore.

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    [b]kywildcat welcome to Alipac
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    Why I keep saying you're going to see the balkanization of the United States while Washington fiddles, America burns.
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    If the comments are any indication, then this license for Illegal Aliens will never happen.

    I think it's disgraceful that we aren't doing more to rid our country of illegals but instead we're making it easier for them to come here and find work. Why aren't companies being fined and even having their license revoked for hiring them in the first place?

    Posted by: jim combs
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    Who are these people on this commission and how did they get there? This is absolutely ridiculous. They mention New York and their governor's attempt to do the same thing. A poll this weekend in the State of New York said over 72% of those polled were AGAINST such a measure, including leading Democrats.

    This is a BAD idea. Once an ILLEGAL is given documentation, he is given credibility. Not only that, but given access to our banking, credit and medical industries.

    I have nothing against anyone wanting to live in MY country - as long as they are legal. I REFUSE to coddle to anyone hear ILLEGALLY and will fight to vote out anyone who does.

    Posted by: Alan
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    This is an outrage to Kentucky Citizens all over the state! Illegals have no "Rights" in Kentucky or the rest of the country! I am totally against this act that Lexington is proposing!!!

    Posted by: Randy Combs
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    The key word here is "illegal". They have broken the laws of this nation and as criminals should be treated as such. The reason that these locusts keep coming is that they know that there is little that will be done to stop them. What is wrong with the USA? Why are we so unwilling to stand up for our rights as a country? Someday these people will overwhelm us.

    Posted by: EPF
    10/23/2007 10:25 AM
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    http://www.kentucky.com/211/story/209984.html

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    Pure madness.

    If someone is ILLEGAL (DUH), you don't let them stay and get ANYTHING - you deport 'em!! By our laws!!


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