Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Corner on National Review Online: Driving Attrition

re: Mark Krikorian: "A good roundup of the current state of driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. Only seven states still do it — Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington — which they’ll need to change by 2013, when the federal REAL ID Act fully goes into effect, or their licenses will no longer be accepted for federal purposes (like boarding airplanes). Utah actually has a special license for illegal aliens, which the state government describes this way (here, bottom right corner of the second page): “Driving Privilege Cards are valid up to five years (with legal presence) and one year (without legal presence.)” Note the second part; it’s not like the other states, where they just don’t want to know whether you’re legal or not — Utah has specific rules that apply only to people violating federal immigration law..."...

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