"What part of illegal don't
they understand? It's illegal. They're not here lawfully. They have an unlawful
presence, so why should we give them driver's licenses," says Del. Wendell
Beitzel, (R) - Garrett and
This is something lawmakers in the Maryland House of Delegates are considering.
"Basically, what we're saying
to the rest of the world is come to
"There's basically no criminal background checks for people we're going to give these driver's licenses to, so while the state senate passed a bill to fingerprint all law-abiding gun owners, we're saying to people who are illegal immigrants that we're not going to check if you come to this country and were deported before for human trafficking, for drive-by shootings, for DUI," says Hough, (R) - Frederick and Washington Counties.
The Maryland Senate approved the bill with a 29-18 vote last Friday.
Senator Ron Young was the only w
"I listened to the department
of transportation and others who realized that a lot of those people are on the
road and untrained without licenses, and they feel that they would have better
control if they had a license," says Young, (D),
Those licenses would show the cardholders aren't
"Many of them are driving anyhow, and at least with the license, they can be traced," Young says. "They have to pass the driving exam. They have to get proper insurance."
The Maryland House of Delegates could begin debating the bill as early as the end of this week.
"We don't require any level of English proficiency before we give them these licenses to make sure they can read signs and can communicate with someone during an accident," says Hough.
The majority of the w