From William J. Kelly…
SAVE THE DATE: Kelly Challenges Curran to Debate at the Republican Assembly of Lake County’s January meeting.
“What happened to the rule of law?” say GOP voters unhappy with GOP politicians over their support of a new bill to give driver’s licenses to 250,000 illegal immigrants
The Illinois Republican Party has a decision to make: Will it be the party of law and order or the party of illegal immigration? In part, that is what the debate in Illinois over driver’s licenses for illegal aliens is really about.
Immediately after the November election, we saw some GOP leaders having a “change of heart” on the issue of granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in Illinois. They want us to believe this is about principles. But that’s a hard sell.
The current debate is also about good policy versus bad policy. In my opinion, SB 957 is bad public policy.
Last week, I wrote a column to report on trouble for the new bill to permit 250,000 illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses in Illinois. Leaders in the law enforcement are fighting the bill in Springfield because it eliminated safeguards like fingerprinting and tax-identification numbers from the requirements.
The column has drawn fire because it explained what is taking place in Springfield and the opposition that is mounting against SB 957.
Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, an outspoken supporter of the bill, responded to my column in a letter on the Illinois Review on Friday. In the letter, he accused me of “inaccuracies” and says he felt compelled to respond.
This is my response to Sheriff Curran’s letter. I believe that the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (the group that is behind the Highway Safety Coalition) and their supporters have been very deceptive in marketing this bill to the public and I explain why here.
The law enforcement community is not behind this bill and the public should know why. That is why I have challenged Sheriff Curran to a debate on this issue when I speak to the Republican Assembly of Lake County in January.
It is not enough for Illinois politicians to tell the public that they should just “trust them” on the issue of issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. If anything, Illinois politicians have proven they really can’t be trusted on anything.
Now is the time to ask questions and get some answers.
Here’s an excerpt of the original column: Trouble for Driver’s Licenses for Illegals in Illinois
Chicago, IL – A new bill to permit 250,000 illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses could be in big trouble in Illinois. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the group that is behind the bill, is fending off blows from Illinois law enforcement over the bill’s lack of security safeguards.
Opponents say the bill was stripped of key safety and security provisions once it gained political support and outrage has set in. In Springfield, state police chiefs are opposing the bill, SB957, demanding that safeguards be put back in.