Skip to comments.Licenses for illegal immigrants could pass Illinois Senate next week
Posted on 11/18/2003 1:01:29 PM PST by FreeFireBorderZone
SPRINGFIELD REPORT -- The Illinois Senate is one vote away from obtaining the 30 "yea" votes needed to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses.
In a vote of 29 for, 26 against, with two voting "present" and two absent, a call to reconsider the vote last Thursday by SB 67 sponsor Senator Miquel Del Valle will prevent the public from knowing exactly how which senators voted -- no official roll call was preserved.
The bill that will allow residents of Illinois who bypassed legal immigration entry regiment to obtain driver's licenses is expected to be voted upon next week in the Illinois Senate, and one vote is needed for passage over to the Illinois House.
Two Democrat senators -- Vince DeMuzio (Carlinville) and George Shadid (Pekin) were absent from the floor during Thursday's vote. Shadid's son is suffering a critical illness and Senator DeMuzio is undergoing radiation treatment for a recently-diagnosed cancer.
Neither DeMuzio's office nor Shadid's office would indicate on Friday how they expect the senators to vote if the bill is heard again next week and either is able to vote on the issue. Either Shadid or DeMuzio supporting the bill would cause the bill to progress to the Illinois House.
Republican senators Dave Sullivan (Park Ridge) and Rick Winkel (Champaign) voted in favor of the legislation.
Senate Sponsor Del Valle (Chicago) told his colleagues that offering drivers' licenses to immigrants who are not legal citizens have helped to prosper Illinois with their work, and in his opinion, should be allowed to drive legally with a state-issued driver's license.
"Yes, they violated one law when they crossed the border, but they became upstanding citizens," he said in his closing statement on the Senate floor last week. "They want to see the day when they will become legal citizens."
Opponents to the license distribution say that the Illinois Senate is the only obstacle to the bill becoming law. There are enough votes in the Illinois House to pass the bill along to Governor Rod Blagojevich, who has already indicated he will sign the legislation into law if it gets to his desk.
In an attempt to stop the Illinois Senate from passing legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses, State Senator Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora) spoke out strongly against the legislation during floor debate.
"Legal immigration is good. Illegal immigration is not," Lauzen said. "Illegal immigration is neither compassionate nor moral for those who are exploited by trade in their misery, nor fair to current citizens and legal residents of this country.
"Legislation that gives illegal immigrants yet another incentive to break the law just begs the question, 'Whats the value of citizenship if you get all the benefits for free?' Lauzen asked his colleagues. "Why work to earn acceptance in a new country when you can merely take the privileges handed to you? "
Lauzen asked his colleagues what the unique benefits of U.S. citizenship were in his on floor speech. Lauzen reviewed the status of immigrants who have entered the country illegally.
He said that immigration workplace regulations are not enforced and that illegal immigrants are provided free elementary and secondary education before paying $7-8,000 per year per child in already over-crowded classrooms.
"Discount for in-state tuition at our state universities? No, we gave that one away earlier this year." Lauzen said as he argued his position against the bill. Free healthcare at emergency rooms? No, hospitals turn no one away who needs help."
"And now," Lauzen said, The privilege of driving a car? No, our roads will not be safer when we issue drivers licenses to those already breaking the law. If a persons first act upon entering our country is to break her immigration laws, what real assurance do we have that traffic and insurance laws will represent any more of a meaningful barrier to misconduct? . . . A driver who does not understand English is a hazard on the road, as the Willis family found out so tragically."
The bill is expected to be voted upon next week when the Senate returns for the second week of the General Assembly's fall veto session.
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I know we don't live in Illinios but we're right across the river and I do not want illegals with Ill. license over here.
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