Mattiello: No driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants this year
PROVIDENCE House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he's taking drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants off the table this year, ending for now a divisive fight that has sparked rallies and impassioned testimony on both sides for years.
The House will not be passing drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants this year, Mattiello said in a statement issued through spokesman Larry Berman. The Journal asked Mattiello to confirm statements he made to another publication earlier this week.
I have reviewed the testimony from the House Judiciary Committee hearing, and I have listened to many people throughout the state. This is a federal issue and I dont think the state should be weighing in at this time, his statement said. Mattiello declined to elaborate.
Governor Raimondo, who supports drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, "has no plans for an executive order right now," says spokeswoman Marie Aberger. â€œWe continue to believe the right way to do this is to work together with the General Assembly," she said in a statement Wednesday.
There are many undocumented Rhode Islanders who work and pay taxes, but dont have the right to obtain a license, like they do in 12 other states (and Washington, D.C.)," Raimondo's statement said. "The reality is that they are driving on the roads right now without a license, and that presents a public safety issue.
As in past years, a House Judiciary Committee hearing in March drew a large crowd of people who sought to testify on opposing bills. The committee held the bills for further study.
One of the bills, sponsored by Rep. Anastasia Williams, D-Providence, calls for creating a â€œdriving privilege permitâ€ for people without a Social Security number or green card. (A companion Senate bill filed by Sen. Frank Ciccone, D-Providence, was also held for further study.)
Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven G. Donnell, and Walter R. Craddock, administrator for the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles, submitted written support for Williamss bill.
Rep. Arthur Corvese, D-North Providence, sponsored two bills meant to counter the move for driving privileges for undocumented immigrants. One would require a Social Security number for a license; another would make it a crime for any government official to restrict enforcement of immigration law.
Heiny Maldonado, executive director of Fuerza Laboral ("Power of Workers"), a Central Falls immigrant advocacy group, called Mattielloâ€™s decision incredible and baseless."
Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Thursday, We understand that this is a controversial issue, but a dozen other states have recognized the wisdom of allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses because it promotes safe driving."
RIILE hates (strong word) illegal immigration for what it is doing to America, American culture, and the American people. RIILE thinks WE could easily win this struggle with unity. WE are convinced that most Americans recognize the threat for what it is. We are concerned that with so many various national sites we are not working in unity. Our goal is common, our efforts are common but not united.
We would love to have A single leader in this fight we can all follow on the National and/or State levels. We would love to see Alipac, Fair, NumbersUSA and others I have no idea about, join hands in a single united national effort. Support good bills in the House and Senate, oppose bad, all together. Not splintered.
On the State and local levels this is even more personal. Your neighbors, friends, and relatives are in direct competition with illegal aliens for jobs, schooling, healthcare, social benefits…etc. Yes we can make a difference. We MUST make a difference. NOW! A successful effort was recently made to get the Town of Cumberland and the Cumberland School Departments to enroll in the “E-Verify” program. That effort can easily be replicated across the State. It can be brought to bear on the business community.
Your effort need not be all that great in terms of time or money. It might just take a call or an email. We can get our State and Country back on track and kick political correctness in the A**!
Call and/or email our Rhode Island Senators with this very brief and straightforward message:
I oppose, and want you to oppose, any legislation that in any way helps any person who has entered the United States without permission or has overstayed a Visa.
RI IS A SANCTUARY STATE! LET'S CHANGE THAT! NOW! Contact Governor Raimondo at:
Phone: (401) 222-2080
Fax: (401) 222-8096
Tell her to issue an executive order immediately to reinstitute the "Secure Communities" program (287G) that allows for cooperation between local, State, and Federal law enforcement agenc
PROBLEMS WITH DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.
1) DMV reports that they have had a program to give Illegal Aliens licenses since late in the Chaffee Administration. Can they possibly integrate it into their ANTIQUATED system?
2) DMV reports there are 18,000 to 25,000 Illegal Aliens eligible to apply for licenses. If there are that many eligible for licenses just how many are there altogether ?
3) DMV reports that the system will pay for itself with each application generating $30.00. California has a similar program for an estimated 1.5 million licenses that cost California taxpayers $ 50.00 each. Is it possible Rhode Island can do anything more efficiently ?
4) Dorcas International Institute has 50 + interpreters for 5000 + clients. The Providence School System teaches in 50 + languages. How many Interpreters will be required for the DMV to handle an average 21,500 Illegal Alien initial applicants and to service them ongoing ?
5) FRAUD- Drivers Education unscrupulous companies, Unscrupulous Insurance companies, stolen SS numbers, fraudulent documentation, unscrupulous DMV employees and most importantly Terrorism prone applicants.. How many employees to provide proper verification of documentation?
6) How does it improve safety if the Illegal Alien Drivers, once licensed, are unable to read our traffic signage.
7) Oregon passed a similar law a few years ago and has since rescinded it.
8) If the Governor decides to do this by Executive Order she’ll be in violation of Federal Law 8 USC 1324, Aiding and Abetting Illegal Aliens along with supporting them and encouraging more to come. She’ll also be acknowledging that many 1000’s of Illegal Aliens are currently employed in our state.
RI: House Considering Driver's Licenses for Illegal Aliens
Feb 10, 2014 | Permalink
Tomorrow, February 11, 2014, the House Committee on Judiciary will consider House Bill (HB) 7262, a bill that grants driver's licenses to illegal aliens!
Specifically, HB 7262 amends Rhode Island's driver's license and learner's permit statute to authorize the Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) to provide a driving privilege license or driving privilege permit to any person who fails to provide the DMV with a Social Security Number or evidence that he or she is lawfully present in the United States.
Please contact members of the House Committee on Judiciary and tell them to oppose HB 7262. Click here for helpful talking points to use in your email.
Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee
• Granting Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens Poses National Security Risks
Unlike legal immigrants, illegal aliens are not subject to any background checks or face-to-face interviews to determine the existence of any national security threat that they might pose. HB 7262 helps these national security threats to assimilate into our communities.
• Granting Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens Encourages More Illegal Immigration
A driver's license is a state benefit. Providing public benefits to illegal aliens only rewards illegal behavior and invites further illegal immigration. Illegal immigration results in higher costs of living, reduced job availability, lower wages, higher crime rates, fiscal hardship on hospitals and substandard quality of care for residents. It also adds burdens on public services increasing their costs and diminishing their availability.
• Granting Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens Does Not Mean Safer Roads or More Insured Drivers
Granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens in no way guarantees safer roads or that illegal aliens will purchase auto insurance. New Mexico, who grants driver's licenses to illegal aliens, is also home to the nation's second highest percentage of uninsured drivers. There is no reason to think that illegal aliens, having disregarded so many other laws, would obey this one, nor have the cash available or incentive to acquire auto insurance.
Please call or email the Members of the House Committee on Judiciary and urge them to oppose the bill! Only with your help can we stop this bill.
P.S. For more information on this bill or what you can do, contact Robert Najmulski, FAIR's Northern Field Representative.
Bill would grant driver’s licenses, permits to undocumented immigrants in R.I. / Poll