A group of Pennsylvania state legislators have just introduced a bill that, if passed, would allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses.
The Pennsylvania House released House Bill 279, introduced by the Transportation Committee and signed by 27 Democratic and 2 Republican representatives. The bill seeks to allow individuals without a Social Security number, including those living in the United States illegally, to obtain a driver’s license or learner’s permit.
The bill’s sponsors wrote in a memo released in late January, “In today’s fast-paced world, a driver’s license is essential to earn a living, travel safely, and live a dignified existence.”
It is hard to understand what is behind this initiative. While it is undeniable that a driver’s license is essential for safe travel and autonomous movement, it is even more essential that people who live in the country enter legally and are registered in official records, for their own safety and that of the citizens.
Therefore, it sounds really contradictory that a person has the right to have a driver’s license, before having the necessary legal documentation to live, work, and move freely regardless of the means he/she uses.
However, this group of legislators, faced with the major problem of illegal immigration, chose to start with secondary issues such as the driver’s license issue.
“To address this issue, I plan to introduce legislation allowing individuals without a Social Security Number to apply for a driver’s license or learner’s permit using secure alternatives such as a federal taxpayer identification number or any combination of documents that reliably proves the applicant’s name and date of birth,” reads the memo sent on Jan. 21.
In short, the bill indicates that anyone with a valid foreign passport, consular identification document, or certified birth, marriage, adoption, or divorce record could apply for a driver’s license.
Supporters of the controversial bill associate the possession of a driver’s license as a truly indispensable issue for development, to such an extent that State Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-District 197), one of the bill’s proponents, said that having a driver’s license is a “human right,” according to Fox News.
Republican senators showed their repudiation of this type of initiative. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) who reported that she and other Republican senators, including Sens. Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst, Steve Daines, Jim Inhofe, and Mike Braun introduced in parallel a bill called “Stop Green lighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigration,” a federal bill that aims to curb those states that allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses.
“No town in America is secure from criminals and terrorists if our borders aren’t policed and federal immigration laws aren’t fully enforced,” Blackburn said in a statement. “This country is governed by the rule of law. We should not reward illegal aliens with driver licenses when they fail to follow the proper legal process.”