Friday, March 5, 2004

California-sponsored bill would take highway funds away from states that issue drivers licenses without proof of legal immigration status

"A bill currently being considered in Congress would cut 25 percent of the transportation funds to Tennessee and other states that permit undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses."

"Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Cal.), the sponsor of the 'Responsible and Secure ID Act,' said the issue is homeland security. The bill is currently in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure."

"The license issue has recently been a hot button topic for Tennessee's immigrant community, as two pieces of legislation are being considered during this General Assembly. One would overturn the current law and another would pare it down by 'certifying' drivers as capable instead of issuing them a driver's license."

Nashville City Paper

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