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Schneier makes a pretty good argument for giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants.

In reality, we are a much more secure nation if we do issue driver's licenses and/or state IDs to every resident who applies, regardless of immigration status. Issuing them doesn't make us any less secure, and refusing puts us at risk.

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Prior to reading this argument, I would have told you that I'm against issuing licenses to illegal immigrants. Now, I'm not so sure.

Something to think about, anyway.

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asqmh
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Just curious, but what's your main argument against? Honestly, I've always thought it was a good idea, but I'm also a commie who thinks that immigration is far too restrictive as is. ^_~
drmellow
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Basically, it boils down to thinking that government services should not be offered to people who are in the country illegally.
christtrekker
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
We are all safer if everyone in society trusts and respects law enforcement.

You buy that? "Trust me, I'm with the government, and I'm here to help." Yeah...
denying driver's licenses to illegal immigrants will not protect us from terrorism.

No, but it gives IIs a color of legitimacy. That breeds contempt for law among the citizenry. And Schneier doesn't seem to realize that not all "security" boils down to "terrorism". We're being invaded by millions of people who do not respect American laws or culture. America is being subverted, changed into something it is not, by this fact.
drmellow
Feb. 13th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I'm definitely about a healthy skepticism of the government, and by extension, government representatives like law enforcement.

I'm not over in Schneier's camp on this yet. But I'm thinking about it more.
cramer
Feb. 14th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
I know you haven't changed employers recently, but the drivers license is one of the accepted id's for proof of citizenship on an I-9(?) It's an issue of legitimizing them.

The other issue is law enforcement -- the DMV is run by the highway patrol, at least in NC -- ignoring someone breaking the law. That is one of the many laws they are supposed to be enforcing. It's a lot like the "don't ask; don't tell" policy of our armed forces. They don't really need to know your status as much as they need to know you are who you say you are since they're about to give you a "government id."

And on the insurance issue... you don't have to show proof of insurance to get a license. You have to show proof of insurance to register a vehicle -- and maintain continuous coverage to keep the tag. (one second lapse and they revoke your tag.)
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