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Mich. denies illegal immigrants licenses

Mich. denies illegal immigrants licenses
By TIM MARTIN, Associated Press Writer
Mon Jan 21, 6:09 PM ET

Michigan will no longer let illegal immigrants get driver's licenses, a practice just seven other states continue to allow.

Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who oversees the motor vehicle department, announced the new policy Monday and said it takes effect Tuesday.

The new policy also bars people who are legal but not permanent U.S. residents from getting licenses. Legislation to allow those on temporary work or student visas to get licenses is pending in the Legislature.

The change is aimed at complying with an opinion issued last month by Attorney General Mike Cox, who said granting licenses to illegal immigrants is inconsistent with federal law. Opinions by the attorney general's office are legally binding on state agencies and officers unless reversed by the courts.

The new policy applies to first-time applicants for a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Updated procedures for renewals will be released soon.

"This is one more tool in our initiative to bolster Michigan's border and document security," Land said in a statement. "It also puts Michigan's procedure in line with those of most other states."

Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington do not require drivers to prove legal status to obtain a license. Michigan borders Canada and contains some of the nation's busiest boundary crossings.

Driver's licenses are among several hot-button issues surrounding the debate over illegal immigration. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer last year proposed allowing illegal immigrants to get licenses, but withdrew the idea under heavy criticism.

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Good. Illegal means 'not lawful', which was reason to deny and deport them in the first place.

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Good. Illegal means 'not lawful', which was reason to deny and deport them in the first place.
Odd, so many cities and States have forgotten the meaning of illegal when it comes to immigrants, at least Michigan has looked it up in Websters..........
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They should take away the license from Rex/SellC that lets him drive a car.

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It causes me to wonder why airports even bother looking at ID's before letting someone on to a plane. If you come from one of the seven states that still allows anyone with a pulse to present themselves as a citizen, you should be subject to a full body cavity search anytime you're in an airport or a federal building. If that won't get the legislature moving, nothing will.
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I want a Mexican driver's license.
I think everybody knows what illegal immigration is about. Nobody would support Jose and his family for too long if he couldn't get a job.
Employers should be forced to pay for the immigration costs of the illegals they hire.

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I wonder what Michigan initiatives are underway to prosecute, fine and imprison those who employ illegals....
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So we also have the law requiring right-side driving. Make you wonder when you are on the freeway.
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