Why drivers’ licenses should not be tied to immigration status
1. Holy cow, the Obama in this photo is angry about something. And look how evil and threatening the guy in the driver’s license photo is. What is he, a space alien? OMG, and his name is Mohammed! Nice and subtle with the race baiting there.
2. Can we please stop referring to people as “illegals”? It is incendiary and dehumanizing, and it encourages lazy thinking about the issue.
3. And my main comment: Tying drivers’ licenses to immigration status is a bad idea for everyone. This is how it works right now in Virginia and it is an awful situation.
- DMV people are not immigration experts. For many people immigration status is complicated. This is true for people who are in the US on a student visa, or a temporary work permit, or for example, have moved from Canada to be with their American spouse (Causing both members of said marriage to question why why why did we think that was a good idea? … but I digress.) Legal, properly filed immigration paperwork is bloody complicated, and no one at the DMV has any idea what you’re talking about when you try to explain your H1B or whatever. Hell, I’ve had immigration officials misunderstand procedure pretty badly, and they do this thing every day; do we really think it’s a good idea to ask Patty and Selma to understand it?
- More importantly, denying drivers’ licenses to people with illegal immigration status is dangerous to everyone on the road. I’ve written a bit about some of the folks I’ve met in the local Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Many of these folks are undocumented, but it’s pretty hard to make a living in this country without being able to drive, so most of them drive regardless. So, think about this… you have to pass a test to get a license. You have to show that you can see reasonably well, and that you have insurance, and that you know what the signs mean, and I really like knowing that the other drivers on the road had to learn the same rules I did. Do we want to create a situation where a hefty chunk of the population is excluded from that process?