Today Michigan will take an important step in protecting us from terrorism and illegal immigrants. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land had a press conference on Monday at the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center in Detroit, where she said that the state would now be following Attorney General Mike Cox’s ban which disallows illegals from getting driver’s licenses. She said, “If you are not here legally or permanently, then we will not issue a driver’s license. From now on, we will not accept foreign birth certificates, just passports. No matter who comes in, they will have to go through the proper process, and our anti-fraud department will go over documents, which is something we always have done.”
Of course, we have people who say that this will harm businesses and prevent some legal residents from getting driver’s licenses. Dawud Walid, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said, “It’s a shame in this current environment that people who are legally (in Michigan from) throughout the world will not be able to obtain a driver’s license or state ID.” I disagree – how hard is it to go get some paperwork to prove that you’re here legally? And better safe than sorry in my opinion.
This is all part of Terri Lynn Land’s plan to get Michigan IDs up to the Real ID standard (see my post on that here: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/01/12/real-id-plan-analyzed-scrutinized-criticized-and-praised/).
I say this is a great step in getting rid of the illegal immigrants – hopefully we can catch some trying to slip through the cracks and get a license. Send ’em back, not to Iraq!