According to the Washington Times, "Voters oppose driver's licenses for illegal aliens by a nearly five-to-one margin, a new Fox 5/Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll finds.
As immigration politics explode into the presidential race, polls show Americans are taking a hard line on benefits for illegal aliens, including opposing driver's licenses and such taxpayer-funded benefits as scholarships at state colleges for illegal-alien students.
The new poll found 77 percent of the adults surveyed opposed making driver's licenses available to illegal aliens, while just 16 percent supported the idea...New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in September proposed adding New York to the list of seven states that offer licenses to illegal aliens, and the issue has refused to die down since.
Most Democratic presidential candidates have embraced the policy, including front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, arguing it's a matter of road safety and a valid response to the federal government's failure to give a path to citizenship to illegal aliens.
But those on the other side, including Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Christopher J. Dodd and the entire Republican presidential field, oppose the idea...Arnold Schwarzenegger, vetoed a bill last month that would have allowed illegal-alien children to apply for community college fee waivers and other types of financial aid. Mr. Schwarzenegger said the policy would strain public finances and hurt legal-resident students...He also has vetoed bills to extend driver's licenses to illegal aliens."
This is being discussed in New York. I have a huge problem with granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens. And I don't understand politicians who just explain their stance by saying they understand why states may want to do this. These politicians need to grow spines and think of the US citizens who get into car accidents with illegal aliens. The illegal rear ends you. Your insurance company pays for the repair, and you get to pay for it all with higher insurance rates. Certain countries encourage their people to come to the US illegally because they don't want to take care of their own people. Mexico is a rich country with great sources of oil, and the money remains limited to a very small amount of their people. These people are taken advantage of by their own countrymen and unsavory people in the US. And heaven help those people from Latin America who try to illegally come to or pass through Mexico. You do have those immigrants who went through the correct channels and entered the US legally, They paid their dues. Trust me I know this since I am the son of a legal immigrant who became a citizen. How about installing an "Ellis Island" at our southern border with a fence along the border? The Europeans had to go through Ellis Island to immigrate. And not all Europeans were allowed into the country.