Enter the country illegally, get a driver’s license! What a stupendous idea!
Last week in Northampton, MA, a gathering was held to support a bill in the Massachusetts state legislature that would allow illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses. The bill was filed by two Democrats (of course), Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier of Pittsfield and Sen. Brendan Crighton of Lynn.
The bill is called “An Act Relative to Work and Family Mobility,” and is currently in the Transportation Committee. We guess that sounds better than “An Act Relative to Rewarding People for Breaking the Law.”
Lorena Moreno of Springfield, who refused to provide her immigration status to MassLive, does not agree that driving is a privilege.
“It’s a necessity,” she said. “If my child is sick. We’ll go to the doctor. If I need to get to work, I’ll drive to work. You can punish me afterward. But I’m going to do it.”
One can imagine that since Ms. Moreno appears to have total disregard for the law, not having a driver’s license is probably the least of her offenses.
The fact this meeting was held in Northampton is hardly surprising, given the left-wing liberal air that permeates that part of Massachusetts. The gathering, held at the Pioneer Valley Worker Center was attended by “immigrants”, labor leaders, faith leaders and law enforcement officials.
If the law is passed (is grass green?), Massachusetts would become the 15th state making driver’s licenses available to illegal aliens. We’ll give you one guess which party runs the vast majority of those states.
New York and New Jersey are the latest states to enact legislation permitting illegal aliens to obtain licenses.
Supporters of the bill argue that it will improve public safety by making sure illegal alien drivers are licensed, tested, insured and identifiable.
Critics of the bill say that those in the country illegally aren’t entitled to the benefit of a driver’s license.
There is also the fear that illegal aliens could use the licenses to vote, although the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles says there are “safeguards” in place to prevent that.
We have seen government “safeguards” and we are not impressed. There is also a concern about having unsafe drivers on the road.
Moreno says that not being able to obtain a driver’s license can “start the path to deportation. Especially if you don’t have the money to pay the fine. How does that make you safer?”
Let’s analyze that statement. First of all, in order for the police to determine that you do not have a license, you would have to have a moving violation or have some type of equipment or registration issue that would give the police probable cause to stop you. Or, you had to have been involved in a crash.
Secondly, if you don’t have the money to pay the fine for operating without a license, you probably don’t have the money to pay the fine for the moving violation.
Moreno said that immigrants “live in fear of being pulled over or getting in a wreck.”
I would say most people, illegal alien or not, fear being pulled over or getting in a wreck. Especially with the confiscatory fines and fees the legislatures have been putting in place in order to gain a ready source of revenue.
Enter law enforcement. Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper thinks it’s a great idea to provide licenses to illegal aliens. She said it was “vital” to be able to identify people at traffic stops.
Color us dumb, but wouldn’t state identification cards serve the same purpose? Or is that not allowed because it would “identify illegal immigrants?”
Kasper said that if people don’t have identification, it is harder for police to identify them.
“You need to know who you are out there with,” she said. “California enacted this and it cut down on the number of hit and runs. People are less likely to leave the scene of an accident.”
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan also supports handing out licenses to illegals. He says that denying them ignores the reality that immigrants are here and that they are driving.
“We are all people,” Sullivan said. “It’s just a piece of paper that separates us.” Well, that and citizenship papers and a green card.
In addition to Kasper and Sullivan, Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone, Franklin County Sheriff Christopher J. Donelan and Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington all support the measure.
Others in support are the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and the Western Mass Area Labor Federation. Businesses of course support legislation like this because they have a tendency to hire illegal aliens because they usually pay them less. Being illegal, they are more than happy to take what they can get.
Back in October of 2019, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center launched an initiative called “Community Support for Drivers Licenses for All, holding a rally and dance party. Eighteen businesses have signed up to support it, including Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
For supporting illegal aliens, the businesses get public recognition of their efforts and a decal to display to potential customers, signifying the business’ support for Drivers Licenses for All. Well, isn’t that special? How woke of these business owners.
The PVWC said it targeted restaurants and farms as partners in the initiative because those are industries with large numbers of illegal aliens.
“Farms depend on the weather and will live or die based on whether they can find people to do the work in the field at a given time. We are all indebted to those willing to do this work,” said Michael Docter, owner of Winter Moon Roots Farm in a prepared statement.
Walter Czajkowski, owner of Plainville Farm, also said in a prepared statement that:
“We still deny these workers their basic rights though, to drive, to work, to live in our communities legally. This has to change—to start, we need to pass the Work and Family Mobility Act.”
Think about that last statement.
“We still deny these workers their basic rights…to live in our communities legally.”
Maybe Mr. Czajkowski is not aware, but we DO allow people to live in our communities legally. They enter the U.S. through a port of entry and apply to stay here. That is how you do it legally. Why should we reward people who break the law?
Holyoke mayor Alex Morse also attended the event. Morse, who issued an executive order in 2014 ordering Holyoke police to not enforce federal civil detainer requests, said he did so because the detainers would hold them past the point when they would usually be released. This clown is running against Congressman Richard Neal for his congressional seat. Battle of wits in that district.
Morse continued saying that the order was even more important given the Trump Administration’s rigid stance for detaining and then deporting illegal aliens. After all, the more illegals in the country, the more votes a hack like Morse can get in his elections.
“That creates two systems,” he said of the administration’s crackdown on illegal aliens. “One for white people and one for everybody else.” Spoken like a true racist there Mr. Mayor.
Of course, the illegal alien argument would not be complete without someone from the woke Episcopal Church chiming in.
Douglas J. Fisher, Episcopal bishop of Western Massachusetts said that he’s been working on the license issue for ten years going back to when he was a pastor in New York.
He said that the public safety and economic benefits are clear, but also said there was a religious reason.
“We know that the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament are constantly telling us to welcome the stranger,” Fisher said. “And to love our neighbor.”
Perhaps Bishop Fisher should read some other parts of the scriptures.
“Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is not government anywhere that God has not placed in Power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God and punishment will follow.” Romans 13:1-2.
Or how about:
“Obey your leaders and submit to the, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them to this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you?” Hebrews 13:17.
Those pesky little biblical details.