Illinois House OKs Illegal Immigrant Driver’s License Bill

By Regina Garcia Cano | January 11, 2013

  • January 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    Ghost says:
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    Driving is a privalage, not a right. What part of ILLEGAL immigrant am I missing?

    • January 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm
      Noni says:
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      You missed the “i” and “e” in privilege!

  • January 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    Ghost says:
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    Privilege! spell check!

  • January 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    OldChurchGuy says:
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    Ghost asks a valid question. I presume the key for this legislation was economic rather than philosophical. Although, I am not sure how this will reduce the cost of Illegal Aliens auto accident costs. Perhaps a reduction in the UM claims?

    • January 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm
      caffiend says:
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      Couple of potential factors that I can think of. If a driver has a license (regardless of legal status in state) they are more likely to stay at the scene of an accident and exchange insurance information.
      Needing to prove insurance before they can get the license means that more drivers will be insured (at least to start with) and the appropriate premium charged and paid. Admittedly there is a little bit of self interest here, more premium means more commission to agents. Also a reduced E&O exposure as those policies will now (hopefully) have all the drivers listed with the correct driving history for each driver. Also, most insurance carriers require valid licenses for drivers listed on the policy to maintain comp & collision coverages. Again, more commission.

      Another thing to consider. Just because law enforcement cannot use the data base for deportation purposes, doesn’t mean the tax department cannot use it to track tax evaders. More money for government.

  • January 11, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    NANI says:
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    @ GHOST=^ SOME “ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS” DIDNT HAVE A CHOICE TO B HERE!

  • January 12, 2013 at 12:05 am
    Al says:
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    It is amazing how the main people who sponsored this Bill are Hispanic.

  • January 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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    I got an idea…perhaps this US govt could start doing what the people they supposedly represent actually want. Illinois has failed.

    • January 16, 2013 at 11:49 am
      jw says:
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      Why is this a failure?

  • January 13, 2013 at 9:30 am
    Linda says:
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    As an American citzen, if my name was connected in any way to “illegal” I would be arrested – not rewarded!

    • January 14, 2013 at 10:36 am
      caffiend says:
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      Check the blue laws for your home state. Odds are pretty good you’ve broken one of them, so go ahead and turn yourself in. Or speeding… that speed limit reads 55 mph, not “it’s safe to go 60″.

      Also if I recall it’s illegal to drink milk on a train while passing through North Carolina. Being as I’ve done that, care to arrest me?

  • January 14, 2013 at 8:10 pm
    Shut Up says:
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    You people are nothing but discriminating. I am a US born AMERICAN. I know people that have been brought here, without their say when they were children, and they consider themselves AMERICAN. They consider this place their home. This is what hope looks like to them, here you are calling them criminals, and every bad name in the book. You don;t realize how rough life is for these people. ALl they are trying to do is survive in a world where they have no name but “illegal” or “alien”. They are people, and not all of them break the damn law. Send em all back though., just like you want, we’ll see how many of you lazy shits get off unemployment and start working. We’ll see how good of an effect it has on our economy. You people are nothing but mislead, prejudice, and plain stupid.

    • January 15, 2013 at 11:08 am
      caffiend says:
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      Chill mate, you have to remember that a majority of insurance agents are fairly conservative, and that the knee-jerk reaction of many (but not all) conservatives to anything new or different is intolerance.

      The irony of the situation is that considering that we were a nation built on immigrants seeking a better life (and could all be considered illegal immigrants if you asked the Native Americans), and now we are trying to prevent others from doing the same.

    • January 16, 2013 at 11:52 am
      Patti Cake in the East says:
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      Damn. Have another coffee. You’re ranting like a liberal.

  • February 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm
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    Well, in my opinion (and I’m only thirteen) some of these comments are disgusting and deplorable i don’t know how some people could care less about these people who, needless to say, have technically made up the economy by working the jobs most Americans don’t even want. I’m really not that surprised though its expected out of the ignorant people we all know exist.



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