During a late night session on May 22nd the Democratic majority initiated debate on a bill which would require the State Department of Motor Vehicles to issue valid Connecticut driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants who reside in the state in violation of federal immigration laws.
The legislation, which was put before the chamber with little opportunity for review, would in the dead of night convey legal rights to a population that has illegally entered the United States. The measure did not go through the normal legislative process, and has not passed through a single legislative committee.
Among the many failings of the legislation are the alarming lack of a mechanism to validate where an individual is originally from, or where they currently reside. It provides an incentive for out-of-state felons to move to Connecticut because there is no attempt to ascertain if there is any criminal record for the applicant outside the boundaries of Connecticut. It also allows unverifiable documents such as emails to suffice as valid forms of proving residence.
There are an estimated 50,000- 250,000 undocumented aliens who might be made eligible for a state driver’s license under this legislation, and as this state would be the only one on the East Coast of the United State to enact such a law, our state would instantly become a magnet for undocumented aliens from across the country seeking to obtain this documentation which would convey legitimacy upon them.
A recent poll by Quinnipiac University found that 65% of Connecticut residents opposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
The bill passed at 5:45 a.m. by 74-55. It now moves on the State Senate.