An immigration enforcement activist thinks it's a "huge mistake"
for the state of California to issue driver's licenses to illegal
The Sacramento Bee recently reported that
California is on the verge of allowing hundreds of thousands of
illegal aliens to receive driver's licenses for the first time in
nearly two decades.
The decision came about because of President Obama's
controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows
amnesty to some illegal aliens brought to the country by their
parents. Now The Golden State is laying the groundwork for driving
privileges for the estimated 400,000 illegal aliens who qualify for
that amnesty (see earlier story).
Jessica Vaughan, a former Foreign Service officer
with the U.S. State Department who now serves as director of policy
studies at the Center
for Immigration Studies, warns that this "could be a huge
mistake for national security or public safety purposes."
"There's never been a deferred action program like this where
hundreds of thousands of people in the state of California are
going to qualify," she notes.
And since the Obama administration has made the regulations so
lax, she cautions that it will be next to impossible to verify the
identities of all the people applying for this amnesty.
"We have no idea who's going to get legal status for this
program, so for the state of California to then turn around and
bless these people with another form of official identification is
a huge mistake," Vaughan reiterates.
That is why states like Arizona, Nebraska and Mississippi have
refused to do that.