Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants – NO
At the risk of being a bit political, the recent VehicleVoice survey on Pet Peeves (November 1, 2007) included a question on whether or not undocumented immigrants should be allowed to have legal driver’s licenses in the member’s state. An overwhelming 84% of the respondents said that undocumented immigrants should NOT be allowed to have legal driver’s licenses in their state.
This follows the results from other questions in the survey about things that bother panel members a lot…
Driving without car insurance – bothers 89% of panel members a lot
Driving without a license – bothers 82% of panel members a lot
In a subsequent survey during the week of November 13 confirmed the results from two weeks earlier.
In this later survey, the question was asked a bit differently… “Undocumented aliens should have the right to acquire a valid driver’s license”. In this instance only 16% said they agreed. 11% were neutral and 73% disagreed.
Left in the hands of American drivers, it appears very clear that providing driver’s licenses to undocumented aliens should be a non-starter. But it appears that politicians across the country have different opinions.
Issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants is an extremely controversial issue especially in California where VehicleVoice is headquartered. Proponents contend that issuing licenses will provide a way for the millions of illegal immigrants in the state to drive without fear of being discovered. Opponents are concerned about exactly that! They don’t want illegals flooding the education, health care, etc. etc systems and fear that driver’s licenses will make an existing problem larger and worse, and all at the expense of legal residents. There is also the uninsured motorist issue: some say that issuing driver’s licenses to illegals will increase their number, while others say that illegals will be more likely to be insured.
No matter what the outcome, it looks like VehicleVoice panel members are pretty firm in their opinion. It’s just some of our political “leaders” who are unclear on the issue.