Thursday, March 20, 2008

Support MD State Senate Bill HB288

The Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) is in opposition to this bill because of it would deny a legal document to someone who has broken the law -- an illegal alien. However, upon further evidence, the facts speak for themselves:
  • Maryland is the only state that does not require proof of legal presence before issuing a driver's license -- a very dangerous practice, esp. given that many places accept drivers licenses as proof of residency.
  • Because of this, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) processes apx. 2,000 out-of country applications each week. Last year, the MVA processed apx. 250 per week.
  • The Maryland MVA also has special hours for those who are not here legally to to apply for drivers licenses. (Ever see the line before 8am on a weekday? I have.)
According to the Maryland Republican Party:

As drafted, the HB 288 prohibits the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) from issuing an identification card, driver’s license, etc. to an individual born on or after December 1, 1964 who cannot provide acceptable documentation certifying citizenship or lawful presence in the United States. Starting December 1, 2017, the prohibition applies to anyone, regardless of age. The bill also allows the MVA to issue such a license or permit to an individual who is lawfully present but who is not a citizen provided that the license, identification card, or permit is effective only for as long as the individual is authorized to remain in the United States under federal law.

Contact your State Senator to voice your opposition to the bill.

And let the MCC know that you have sided against them on this public safety and national security issue.

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