Illinois Pols Move to Grant Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Illinois’ top leaders said Tuesday that they will push to issue driver’s  licenses to illegal immigrants — testing federal strictures and becoming the  latest sign that the pendulum has swung away from Arizona-style crackdowns and  toward those pursuing a softer line on immigration.

Surrounded by Republicans and Democrats at a news conference, state Senate  President John Cullerton said he will try  to pass legislation in the coming weeks, and Gov.  Pat Quinn said he will sign it if it reaches his desk.

“This is a safety issue that impacts every driver in Illinois, and we should  join together to take swift action to save lives,” said Mr.  Quinn, a Democrat. “Making sure all motorists, regardless of their  background, are licensed and insured will drive economic growth and ease the  financial burden on all Illinois motorists.”

The move represents the first major backtrack by a state since the aftermath  of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago, when the hijackers used  licenses, often obtained by fraud, to board the airplanes they used to target  the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and, potentially, the U.S. Capitol or White House.

Read more at the Washington Times here.


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