Legal Status Must Now Be Proved to Get a License in Michigan

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!

Done Ranting,

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8 Responses to “Legal Status Must Now Be Proved to Get a License in Michigan”

  1. John Smith Says:

    The thing that irritates me about your ignorance is that people here legally though a variety of visa, H1-B, TN, J-1, F-1 etc. who work in the state of Michigan legally will not be able to get a driver’s license. The law is short sighted as it harms Michigan’s economy.

  2. inkslwc Says:

    The only one of those that MIGHT need a driver’s license is the HB-1. And even then, it’s my understanding that they can still drive without it, so why do they need a driver’s license?

  3. freadom Says:

    It only makes sense that if someone is in the United States illegally they not be rewarded with the privelage of a driverse license. This sounds like a great idea to me.

  4. inkslwc Says:

    Freadom – any chance I can get a link on your site – you’re on min now.

  5. Al Says:

    There are several states that have adopted proper laws and procedures to deal with this matter. Why don’t the legislators just follow what other states have done or at least do proper homework before posting new requirements out there? It just shows how confused and incompetent the MI lawmaking body is when viewed from outside.

  6. inkslwc Says:

    Al, do you have any states which you’d like Michigan to model? Unfortunately I just don’t know that much about other states’ requirements.

  7. Michigan Allows Temporary Immigrants to Get ID Cards « Republican Ranting Says:

    […] license in Michigan (in order to keep illegal immigrants from getting them) should stop now.  See https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/legal-status-must-now-be-proved-to-get-a-license-in-michigan… for some of those […]

  8. inkslwc Says:

    John Smith, the problem with the temporary immigrants has been resolved: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/michigan-allows-temporary-immigrants-to-get-id-cards/

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