Should illegal immigrants be allowed to possess driver’s license?
We hope that President Obama re-think this issue.
The idea of illegal immigrants having the right to obtain a drivers license is an oxymoron. Logically speaking someone who is illegal should not possess a driver's license. That is the reason why this person is illegal; otherwise he/she would have been able to obtain a driver’s license if that person wanted one.
The word “illegal immigrants” and drivers “license” doesn’t coincide well with the American people. To most Americans, when they hear illegal immigrants having the right to obtain drivers license the first thing that comes to mind is job insecurity. They believe if illegal immigrants have the right to obtain a driver’s license then they also have a right to work with it. In a way, any proposition to legislate laws that would make this possible would cause the working class Americans to be outrage. As a reminder, it was this issue that had contributed to the removal of California Gov. Gray Davis out of office.
Some would argue that if the immigrant has illegally entered the country why not deport him instead of providing him with a driver’s license. By providing the illegal immigrant with a license proves that we welcome illegal immigrants in the country. Well, if that is the case then why not make the Illegal immigrants legal so that they're all in the same boat with the rest of our citizens. That way no one gets deported, right! I honestly believe that working class immigrants who pay their taxes deserve a chance to become legal immigrants, but not as illegal licenses.
Some of our grandparents came in this country at a time when this country was in great need of immigrants. They weren't offered driver's licenses; they were made immediate legal immigrants.
Some of which were professionals in their country which the US Government offered visa to come work for the United States. These people were prays to come work for the US and still they refuse. Among which were Italians, Irish, Polish, Chinese, Africans and Haitians. Yes! Haitian don't be shocked there were many opportunities in Haiti at that time. How do you think Chicago got discovered. It was a Haitian man who goes by the name of Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable (1745 - 1818) who founded Chicago - Source Hartford Web Publishing.
United State was at some point in desperate need for immigrants so please don't think that every foreigner that came to this country saw US as an opportunity. To be honest with you some came to help out, but for some reason end up staying, it is all there in the history books.
Since we are all aware that this country cannot truly run without illegal immigrants than the next question should be why would they need a driver’s license instead of a temporary visa. That led us to believe, if they’re required to have driver’s licenses than opportunities for different job classification would become accessible to them. But a driver's license would not have necessarily made them legal. Instead they would become more advantageous for the opportunist given the fact that a driver's license would have resulted to an increase in skills.
That raises lots of concerns among the legal immigrants and the citizens; they begin to think about job security. It is reasonable to think if the illegal immigrant is allowed to have a driver’s license than they will be allowed to drive their employer’s vehicles with them. If that happens, how would it affect the citizen and the legal immigrant is a good question to ponder about.
We know that illegal immigrants are necessities in this country. Almost every restaurant in New York City has a Mexican in the back, the construction industry thrives because of Mexican. Almost all the low paying job is performed by the Mexicans and other foreigners, and we still think that there is really a true effort to close the Mexican border. If the Mexicans are so important to us why not document them, make them part of our legal working class immigrants. But wait a minute; we can’t do that right now, because if we make them legal we also have to make their salary legal – nah bad idea, this is exactly how we think of it. Why?
I think most of you know the answer to that question, and if you're still thinking the answer is “profit”. Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest cost an employer can bear is labor. Free labor was the main reason for slavery therefore as long as companies continues to benefit from illegal immigrants; the need to disenfranchise them will always be good for all businesses.
Now you tell me, do citizens and legal immigrants have a right to worry about their job security? If illegal immigrants were to have access to driver’s licenses wouldn’t that affect the employment of our legal immigrants and citizens? Illegal immigrants having access to a driver’s licenses would have affected those of us whose jobs are in the sector of construction, mechanical, merchandising, distribution and a whole lot of other jobs held by legal citizens would have been threaten by illegal immigrants for the sake of profit. In this transition access to cheap labor crosses the boarder instead of outsourcing.
Those who would benefit are the same folks who would want to put in place laws that would allow illegal immigrants to possess driver’s licenses. They have attempted to pass this law in the name of national security, but you know as well as I do that this isn't true.
The documents presented at DMV to obtain a drivers license suggest that this person is legal otherwise without the 6 points which often include passport, a utility bill under the same name as the passport, a green card, social security card and maybe birth certificate are all documents that proves legal status. If an illegal immigrant has a drivers license it indicates that he possess all of the above mentioned documents. Which mean an employer doesn’t need to ask for further documents.
And under this law no employer should be punished for hiring undocumented immigrants because the driver’s license would suggest that the immigrant is legal, so why would the employer ask further questions, just hire the illegal. The employer would not have done anything wrong because by having the driver’s license it would have indicated to the employer that the employee is legal.
It seems to me that under this law, if it were to pass, the illegal immigrants would not have had the same requirements to obtain a driver's license as the citizens. This kind of inconsistencies within the system would have also become a concern.
If they wish to tighten national security that’s all good, but why would offer illegal immigrants driver’s licenses be one of the best solution? Why would illegal immigrants need to drive for that security to be effective? Why not provide them with state identification card which would have required of them to be finger printed. This is why we the blue collar class believes that ulterior motive is behind that law being enacted. And it is motivated through means of profit maximization without regard to our citizens who are here legal.
We hope that President Obama re-think this issue and while doing so keep in mind that illegal immigrants couldn't vote for him. It was we the blue collars from all unions who voted him in office. We understand that he made a promise to take up immigration reform first year in office. We hope that he look over the licensing issue because as it is right now the underline reasons conflict with the blue collar working class.
We want to keep our wages and our jobs, having illegal immigrants possessing licenses will cause businesses to take advantage of this situation, which would eventually resulted to a decline in wages. As it is right now inflation has gone up and our wages still stays the same. And to have illegal immigrants possess licenses will not be in the best interest of the working class, but instead that of the profit holders.
So in a sense we’re already lost since our wages didn’t increase with inflation, so please don’t allow this law to be enacted. Since we understood that we're in a recession we accept being inflated, after all we do have a job while others who would have liked one are jobless. That is one positive point to look forward to; the stimulus did help a bit. We’re counting on you Mr. President for honoring our licenses. We would like you to know that you have the support of all the local unions who voted for you in the last election.
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