Don't license alien drivers

Letter date: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Letter publisher: 
Mail Tribune
Letter author: 
Gary Fossen - Jacksonville, OR
Letter body: 

Regarding driver's licenses for illegals, I know of no civilized country that does not issue driver's licenses. I know of no such license that is not recognized for use in the USA. Illegal aliens, had they ever driven legally in the countries from whence they came, would be in possession of valid licenses from that country. They would not need licenses from the USA.

The only reason for developing a system, in the USA, through which licenses can be issued to those illegally in this country is to provide illegals with some legal means of identifying themselves. That often leads to the commission of felonies in the form of fraud.

The insistence that illegals be issued valid licenses could be considered, at least in some sense, an effort to shield illegals from detection. Under Title 8, USC, Section 1324, shielding illegals from detection is a felony. No place in that law is the governor of a state or anyone else insulated from Title 8 of the United States Code. Governor Kitzhaber is not an exception.