Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens: A Bad Policy That Undermines Our Immigration Laws
By Pawel Styma | October 2019
Offering driver’s licenses to individuals who are in the United States illegally is a misguided policy that undermines and flouts our immigration laws. The proponents of granting driving privileges to illegal aliens claim that it will increase road safety, reduce hit-and-runs, build trust between police and foreign-born populations, and boost revenues. In reality, the policy rewards illegal migrants for breaking the law by enabling them to remain unlawfully present in the country. It may also facilitate identity, bank, and voter fraud, as well as the employment of illegal aliens.
Coupled with other pro-illegal-alien measures – such as sanctuary policies and in-state tuition for illegal aliens – offering driver’s licenses to unauthorized foreigners is part of a gradual, but steady, erosion of immigration enforcement by “normalizing” illegal foreign national populations and erasing any distinction between illegal and legal immigrants. However, according to an August 2019 Harvard/Harris poll, 72 percent of Americans – including 58 percent of Democrats – oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
Read the full PDF version of the Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens : A Bad Policy That Undermines Our Immigration Laws issue brief.