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Illinois to Give Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

Per the Washington Times:

Illinois’ top leaders said Tuesday that they will push to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants — testing federal strictures and becoming the latest sign that the pendulum has swung away from Arizona-style crackdowns and toward those pursuing a softer line on immigration.

Surrounded by Republicans and Democrats at a news conference, state Senate President John Cullerton said he will try to pass legislation in the coming weeks, and Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign it if it reaches his desk.

Rahm Emmanuel agrees:

“I strongly support state legislation that will allow every Chicagoan, regardless of legal status, to enjoy the rights and responsibilities that come with a driver’s license,” he said. “I will be a strong advocate for this bill as we work to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the country.”

So, once again, we’re going to see people walking into a government office, announcing that they are in the country illegally, and…being given official documentation. To my mind, this raises a question: If illegal immigrants are granted state issued drivers’ licenses, thus becoming “documented,” does that mean that we can dispense with the asinine “undocumented” tag and go back to describing them as… “illegal immigrants”?


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