Deal struck to allow New York driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

Chertoff isn’t excited with this plan, but he isn’t exactly very effective in dealing with the illegal immigration situation either. At least this license is a tool that will help identify them and try to make them accountable as drivers.

Deal struck to allow New York driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants – Full Story
The Associated Press
Published: October 27, 2007

WASHINGTON: The Bush administration and New York state cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver’s licenses for U.S. citizens, but also allow illegal immigrants to get a version.

New York is the fourth state to reach an agreement on federally approved secure licenses, after Arizona, Vermont and Washington. The issue is pressing for border states, where new and tighter rules are soon to go into effect for crossings.

The Arizona deal announced in August does not contemplate issuing licenses to illegal immigrants, said Jeanine L’Ecuyer, a spokeswoman for Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano.

The proposed Arizona version would not be available to anyone illegally in the country, since one of the intended uses of the 3-in-1 identity card would be to prove U.S. citizenship, L’Ecuyer said. It could be used as a license, as proof of citizenship and as a passport-like document valid for travel in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. It would be voluntary and available for a small extra fee.


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