Senate Bill 59 Driving Privileges for Illegals

Driving permits for illegal aliens passed the General Assembly. Governor Markell is reported to have signed the bill. The bill was not that controversial in the Senate where it passed 17 to 1 with 3 not voting. Only Senator Colin Bonini voted no. The House vote was much closer with only 22 votes (1 more than needed) Republicans Boulden, Miro, and Ramone joined Democrats in support while Democrats Bennett, Paradee, and Johnson joined Republicans in opposition.

11 thoughts on “Senate Bill 59 Driving Privileges for Illegals”

  1. Illegals drive. We know this. And usually they drive with out-of-state tags, cars registered to others and so forth. And quite often, they drive without insurance.

    This bill will allow illegals to drive, register and insure their own cars. I just don’t see the downside.

  2. Illegals driving should be no problem at all. After all they get food stamps, welfare, and free medical care. What the heck, my wife and I are getting Mexican citizenship and coming back across the Rio Grande as illegal aliens.

    They would probably jail us!

  3. Rick July 2, 2015 at 08:41 “This bill will allow illegals to drive, register and insure their own cars. I just don’t see the downside.”

    Using a driver’s license, they can register to vote. In fact, they are invited to register to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. Therefore, many will innocently believe they are allowed to — they are being invited to register, after all.

    Also, the comparison is not with having illegals drive, but with sending them home.

    Don’t forget that when illegals break state law, they can be prosecuted and eventually deported because they have broken state law, repeatedly.

  4. “Using a driver’s license, they can register to vote.”

    The trouble is, you have to have a “real ID” compliant driver’s license.

    In Delaware, if you can’t show a primary ID like a birth certificate or naturalization papers, you get the notation “not valid for federal purposes” on the license. And, yeah, when you provide a DL as an ID for voter registration, they check to see whether it was was real ID compliant one.

    Another thing Jon doesn’t understand how it works.

  5. The real deal is that a driver’s license does not entitle you to vote. This bill specifically ensures that the driving permit says not for ID purposes. If someone registered people to vote under it, that would be a crime.

    Rick is probably right. It helps us more than them. It does not excite me thought because it makes them more comfortable here. On the other hand, only the good ones will get licenses not the criminals. It will make it easier to work and keep my family safer on the roads. They will want to have insurance because they will not want to commit a crime and get deported because of an accident.

  6. Using a driver’s license, they can register to vote.

    But not with this license.

  7. Bill Lee suggested this when he was running for governor and got roasted for it. I just don’t see most of these people actually going through with it. They’re already flying under the radar. Why would they mess with it?

  8. Real Deal July 2, 2015 at 13:52 “The real deal is that a driver’s license does not entitle you to vote. This bill specifically ensures that the driving permit says not for ID purposes. ”

    You mean until the National Council of LaRaza files a lawsuit claiming discrimination, and the Democrat Attorney General of Delaware concedes the lawsuit.

    Have any of you been paying attention for the last… well, ever?

  9. So, Jon, why would they need driving permits in order to file the suit you imagine?

    Having driving permits or not having them doesn’t change the fact that they can’t vote.

  10. i understand the pragmatism, but there is something wrong with rewarding individuals who break the US laws, it will also increase the influx of illegals into the state and will put even more strain on our roads, our already dysfunctional school system, our housing availability and our healthcare system.

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