Threat of deportation could encourage insured driving

Letter date: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Fred Brown
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I am unable to come to a conclusion on the issue of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

On the one hand, what part of illegal do we wish to reward with legal driving privileges? On the other, requiring a license will at least allow a stab at ensuring driving ability for most everyone on the road.

I do have a suggestion for the Legislature, though. State law requires auto liability insurance. Perhaps it should be written into the law that if an undocumented person is found to be driving without adequate insurance, then that person will be immediately turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

Once the word of that enforcement tool gets around, there will probably be a higher proportion of undocumented aliens with insurance than the general driving population.

Fred Brown