2 Democrats, 14 Republicans Vote Against Illinois Immigrants Driver’s License Bill
(Springfield) – The 14 “no” Illinois Senate votes against legislation authorizing driver’s licenses for undocumented drivers on Tuesday came from 12 Republicans and two Democrats.
Bill Haine of downstate Alton and Ed Maloney of Chicago were the only Democratic senators to vote against the measure, Senate Bill 957, to license the motorists.
Democrat Gary Forby of Benton voted “present”.
Republican state senators voting against the bill were: Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), Shane Cultra (R-Onarga), Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington),Christine Johnson (R-Shabbona), John Jones (R-Mt. Vernon), Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap), Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora), David Luechtefeld(R-Okawville), Sam McCann (R-Carlinville), Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), and Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)
State Senator Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), a member of the Senate GOP’s conservative circle – the Common Sense Caucus – broke with his colleagues Duffy, LaHood, Lauzen, and McCarter not only to vote for the bill but also to co-sponsor the legislation.
In fact, Sandack, along with GOP Senator Leader Christine Radagno (R-Lemont), State Senators Tom Johnson (R-West Chicago) and John Millner (R-Carol Stream) co-sponsored the legislation.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights singled out Millner, Sandack, and Johnson in a press statement for their “leadership and bipartisan spirit in passing SB 957.”
A total of 10 GOP senators backed the bill, including 2010 GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady of Bloomington.
“The highway safety legislation is a good first step and proof that both parties can put the politics of fear and scapegoating aside and work on practical solutions that keep our roads and families safe,” said ICIRR’s CEO Lawrence Benito.
The bill now moves to the Illinois House.
Drivers Licenses for illegal aliens
In the U.S., the drivers license is our de facto universal identification card. Yet many states do not thoroughly verify applicants' identities. Many states do not require a valid Social Security number to get a license and many will issue a state ID number for those without a Social Security number.
This makes it very easy for illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses. These licenses become "breeder documents" which allow the recipient to obtain additional documents, based upon the false premise that he is a U.S. citizen.
For example, all of the 9/11 hijackers had driver's licenses or state-issued non-driver's identification cards, which they then could use when opening bank accounts, renting housing, and boarding planes.
Eleven states issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens, including Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. In 2003, California's Governor Davis signed into law a bill that would give illegals drivers licenses. It is widely believed that this was the final act that contributed to his 2003 recall. Immediately after this law was signed, hundreds of thousands of signatures were collected that would have placed the question on the March 2004 general election ballot. Incoming
Governor Schwarzenegger annulled the law, purportedly so that the electorate would not have a chance to vote on the issue.
One of the arguments in favor of issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens is that it will make our roads safer. This is not likely, as someone who has broken U.S. law to come here will most likely continue to break our laws - including traffic laws - and to drive without insurance and to obtain "breeder" licenses under false names.