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Immigrant License Bill Needs Teeth

June 05, 2004

Re "License Bill Gets Early Brushoff," June 2: Against all common sense and the clear wishes of a majority of Californians, state Democratic lawmakers seem determined to pass a bill making illegal immigrants eligible to obtain driver's licenses. The pretext is public safety. If everyone is licensed and insured, the party line goes, we're all better off.

Then how about putting some teeth in the new law? Any illegal immigrant found to be driving without a valid driver's license, valid registration or proof of insurance would be taken into custody, turned over to the Border Patrol and summarily deported. Reentering the United States would be a felony punishable by imprisonment. No exceptions.

If Democrats are as interested in our safety as they are about appealing to an illicit constituency, here's their chance to prove it.

Doug Bell

San Diego

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