Give illegal immigrants driver licenses

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You know you’re on the good guys team when the dairy farmers support you. Yeah, the subsidies they get might be a little unfair, but dammit, unless your kid is one of 75% of humans who is lactose intolerant, he needs his milk! Also, they selflessly help us find kidnapped people.

Representatives from law enforcement, the dairy industry, labor groups and religious organizations urged lawmakers this morning to approve a provision in the state budget that would provide limited driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

No wonder the Democrat who axed the deal, Sen. Tim Carpenter, comes from Milwaukee, where cows are only found between the buns of a big mac and people probably assume that milk is made at the Miller Brewery. In an email leaked to the press, Carpenter bragged about convincing other Democrats to retreat from this safety proposal, as well as nix a provision that would allow children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition in the UW system.

Although I disagree with Democrats on a variety of issues, it truly is disheartening when they not only water-down good policy, but abandon it all together. This is not a surrender to more moderate or even conservative philosophy, this is a surrender to knee-jerk right wing maniacs and talk radio hosts.

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One Response to “Give illegal immigrants driver licenses”

  1. Ordinary Jill Says:

    While I understand the policy theory behind driving cards, I am unconvinced that very many undocumented immigrants would actually apply for one. What is their motivation? Driving legally? Most will believe that if they get pulled over by the police for a traffic infringement, they will be deported anyway. So why would they stand in line at DMV and pay the fee to get a form of ID that flags them as undocumented immigrants? Has any state issued these in significant numbers?

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