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Friday, February 24, 2006

TN Suspends Illegal Alien Driver's Certificates

Newsday/AP: TN is pausing its program giving driving certificates to illegal aliens.

"This program was a good idea in theory, but there have been issues with implementation," Nicely said. The certificates, which are stamped "not valid for identification," were meant to improve driving safety by making sure immigrants living in the state knew traffic rules. Recent federal investigations found that illegal immigrants were traveling hundreds of miles from other states to get the certificates illegally.
Two major federal arrests in recent months exposed shuttles bringing South and Central American immigrants from as far away as New Jersey to state licensing centers in Knoxville, where the immigrants got certificates using fake residency papers.

Predictably, the ACLU thinks this is a terrible thing:

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, said suspending the program "endangers everyone traveling the roads in Tennessee." "The certificate program, while discriminatory to begin with, at least ensured that drivers were trained and had insurance," Weinberg said. The ACLU had favored the full driver's licenses.

Had insurance? I doubt it. Are insurance companies writing auto insurance for illegal aliens living in NJ? As most states tighten the rules on issuing driver's licenses, this sort of thing is inevitable.

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