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IMMIGRATION: Olympia fails on driver’s license reform

Letter by Marlyn E. Jensen, Gig Harbor on March 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm | 24 Comments »
March 15, 2011 2:10 pm

The state senate missed the only opportunity we had to restore security and creditability to our state’s drivers license.

Democrats, including Sen. Derek Kilmer, killed a Democrat-sponsored bill, SB 5407, that would have required a Social Security number to obtain a driver’s license. This would seem to be a reasonable requirement considering the number is required to obtain hunting and fishing licenses.

The current policy doesn’t pass the smell test and leads a reasonable person to ask why the state refuses to change requirements for obtaining a driver’s license. Politicians are in denial if they don’t believe illegally obtained drivers license doesn’t result in accessing state programs, voting and costing the state millions.

Unless requirements are improved, our licenses will not be acceptable ID for boarding airplanes starting January 2013. Since 2006, the Department of Licensing has issued 350,353 driver’s licenses to those without a Social Security number.

Many must be here illegally and burdening the state with millions of dollars for medical, educational and correctional program costs. We have reached a point when our policies are only enabling and promoting illegal immigration in our state.

People get frustrated with Olympia and move to overwhelming support the initiative process to right a wrong. It appears this is going to be the case here with Initiative 1122.

If given the chance, voters in the 26th District should ask Kilmer why he voted no on SB 5407 and what he will do to restore integrity to the Washington state driver’s license before we do.

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