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Licenses for illegal immigrants could pass Illinois Senate next week
The Illinois Leader ^ | 11/15/03 | unknown

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, 'What’s 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 person’s 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.


TOPICS: Government; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegals; immigrantlist
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Check out the comments from the RINO senators. Time to work the phone banks. What an outrage.
1 posted on 11/18/2003 1:01:30 PM PST by FreeFireBorderZone
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To: FreeFireBorderZone
Its like in California. These people need to be tarred and feathered.
2 posted on 11/18/2003 1:02:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
please tell me I just misread that article
3 posted on 11/18/2003 1:05:09 PM PST by rightofthefairway
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To: FreeFireBorderZone
When will our "elected officials" ever learn?

Throw the bums (politicians) out!
4 posted on 11/18/2003 1:07:39 PM PST by clee1 (Where's the beef???)
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To: rightofthefairway
Yuck! What the hell is wrong with the political class?? After 9-11, giving drivers' licenses to illegal aliens is the wrong thing to do.
5 posted on 11/18/2003 1:07:49 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: FreeFireBorderZone
Of all the really stupid things to do this is the one that I think is definitely in the stupidest top ten. Where do these dorks come from?
6 posted on 11/18/2003 1:10:16 PM PST by Lee Heggy (When marriage is outlawed only outlaws will have inlaws)
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To: FreeFireBorderZone
They're about to completely exonerate former Gov. Ryan for his licenses-for-bribes scandal.

Unbelievable. The Constitution gets urinated on ONCE AGAIN!
7 posted on 11/18/2003 1:11:58 PM PST by Rutles4Ever
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To: *immigrant_list; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; madfly; B4Ranch; ..
ping
8 posted on 11/18/2003 2:15:05 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: FreeFireBorderZone


        yeah yeah .. whatever

9 posted on 11/18/2003 2:24:48 PM PST by VU4G10 (Have You Forgotten?)
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To: gubamyster
Gubamyster! Good to see you! How is James?
10 posted on 11/18/2003 2:27:40 PM PST by Allegra
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To: Allegra
Good to see you!

It's good to be seen! And it's good to be back.

How is James?

Thanks for asking. James is doing great! After 3 weeks, he came home from the hospital last weekend. He is getting stronger everyday - even riding his bike yesterday. Other than some caughing, he doesn't have any physical. And he is talking & reading books (3 & 4-letter words) and doesn't have any brain damage. His doctors expect a full recovery. Thanks for all the prayers. His recovery is truly a miracle.

11 posted on 11/18/2003 2:40:37 PM PST by gubamyster
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I, just today, got my Florida License. I could not believe the hassle. I had to bring a copy of my Birth Certificate, SS card, and Passport if one was ever issued. They took my previous states License and ran a background check. I wish all states were this strict.
12 posted on 11/18/2003 2:45:07 PM PST by devane617
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To: FreeFireBorderZone; JustPiper; Taxman; HiJinx; Lobbyist
PRAISE THE LORD PING.
OUR EFFORTS DID GET SOME RETURNS!

WE WIN!!!!!!!!
YIPPIE!!
HB67 WILL NOT BE CALLED!

I just got a call from Laura Nelson at Dave Sullivan's local office to clear the air on SB67. Sullivan has dropped his support. Apparently, according to his office, he voted yes originally (along with some others) hoping that an amendment could be tacked on removing "illegal" immigrants from the program and only including those immigrants who were already in the proccess of mormalization. The sponsors of the bill would not along with the amendment, and now, knowing they won't get the votes, will not call the bill. (At least that's the story)

On the other hand, Laura was totally AMAZED at the number of calls and emails received on this issue. They have never seen anything like it! She wondered out loud how so many people found out about the first vote, espeially since the results were officialy "unpublished".

HHHMMMMM.... SOUNDS LIKE FREEPERS AT WORK!!!!!

Thanks and congrats to all who helped on this!!!

Just for the heck of it you might want to call or email Sullivan and thank him for dropping his support (it would demonstrate our magical powers to quickly spread the word on future issues).

THANKS AGAIN!

senatordavesullivan@msn.com

District Office Phone: 847/734-0033

Springfield Office: 217/782-3875


IMMIGRATION PING PLEASE???
LET'S CELEBRATE OUR VICTORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
13 posted on 11/18/2003 3:54:29 PM PST by chicagolady
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To: chicagolady
Way to go CL: Activism in action!

Congrats. I wonder if anyone in the Illinois Senate was thinking about the reason ex-Gov. Davis got dumped?

There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that the vehicle registration tax and drivers' licenses for illegals were the issues that brought him down.
14 posted on 11/18/2003 4:10:17 PM PST by HiJinx (The Right person, in the Right place, at the Right time...to do His work.)
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To: Agitate; StarCMC; TheEngineer; Jesse from Missouri; FairWitness; deadmenvote; El Conservador; ...
St. Louis area ping.

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.

15 posted on 11/18/2003 4:36:32 PM PST by Missouri
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To: gubamyster; FreeFireBorderZone; *immigrant_list


Click here or on the pic for the full article


Pelosi Wants Citizenship for Illegal Aliens


16 posted on 11/18/2003 4:54:33 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (I won! I won! http://rmeek141.home.comcast.net/LotteryTicketRutRoh.JPG)
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To: gubamyster; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; madfly; B4Ranch
We are happy in Chicago though our work has just begun!

Thanks to all the freepers who e-mailed!

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
17 posted on 11/18/2003 5:47:44 PM PST by chicagolady
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To: chicagolady; Klickitat
Woohoo!!
18 posted on 11/18/2003 5:49:18 PM PST by chicagolady
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To: chicagolady
WooHoo bump.
19 posted on 11/18/2003 7:10:01 PM PST by Klickitat
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To: chicagolady; All
HB67 WILL NOT BE CALLED!

Thank God and thank you and ALL Illinois Freepers for being relentless!

20 posted on 11/19/2003 12:12:36 PM PST by JustPiper (All 19 of the hijackers entered the U.S. on valid visas- 18 of 19 had State Driver's Licenses!!!)
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