Top Ill. Republicans back illegal immigrant driver's licenses

2012-12-04T08:45:00Z 2012-12-04T13:25:03Z Top Ill. Republicans back illegal immigrant driver's licensesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 04, 2012 8:45 am  • 

SPRINGFIELD — Top Illinois Republicans plan to announce their support for providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno will join former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar at a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol.

The plan awaiting a Senate floor vote would allow the 250,000 illegal immigrants who are already driving the chance to be tested, licensed, and buy insurance.

Uninsured immigrant motorists cause $64 million in damage claims each year.

Edgar joined Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton two weeks ago in announcing support for Cullerton’s legislation.

Cross and Radogno weren’t there. Radogno blamed a scheduling conflict and a spokeswoman didn’t know Cross’ position at the time.

The bill is SB957.

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  1. Chadwick Snow
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    Chadwick Snow - December 04, 2012 4:19 pm
    Are you going to help pay for that? It would be prohibitively costly.
  2. duster
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    duster - December 04, 2012 12:30 pm
    How about sending all of the illegal immigrants back to their home country. What part of illegal don't people understand? Then we don't have to worry about whether they have auto insurance or not!
  3. Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor
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    Ted Kennedy's Swim Instructor - December 04, 2012 10:41 am
    This is a disaster for a variety of reasons:

    1. Illegal Aliens can already get car insurance: they simply choose not to because of cost.

    2. There is no proof that giving illegal aliens the purple driver licenses will nudge them towards car insurance if they still don't want to pay.

    3. The car insurance they will carry is the borderline fraudulent Safe Auto coverage where they pay a $39 or whatever fee up front and are given an insurance card good for 6 months, and then the policy is canceled for non-payment. When they cause an accident you will find out you are on the wrong end of an insurance policy that isn't valid . . .

    4. The Secretary of State will be issuing the "Temporary Visitor Driver License" to illegal aliens. This is a license currently given to people who are not Illinois citizens, but are legally present in Illinois for business or other reasons (given a Visa to go to school). To allow them to drive a car and have insurance the Secretary of State gives them a TVDL that states "NOT VALID FOR IDENTIFICATION" because the SOS office simply takes whatever name is present on the documents submitted to them and prints it on a license without validation. They don't check and don't care that the person is actually who they claim they are: the SOS simply gives the TVDL to say "the person in this picture was tested and given permission to drive but we DO NOT vouch that the name they give is who they are" or something similar. The problem with this is that illegal aliens engage in so much ID fraud to come to the US and to stay in the US when they are caught. They change names like other people change socks. The Mexican Consulate fully participates in this fraud by issuing Consular ID card with pretty much any name a person chooses, knowing that the money sent home to Mexican Citizens benefits the Mexican economy. The Mexican government encourages and enables illegal aliens to stay in the USA. So, if someone with a TVDL causes an accident (particularly one that severely maims another person and leaves them crippled) you will see the people with these TVDL disappear, buy a new name, and get another TVDL with a different name.

    Willfully enabling these driver licenses to be issues is not helping Illinois or her citizens.
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