Maryland gov O’Malley to introduce special drivers licenses for illegal aliens?

posted at 3:50 pm on January 14, 2008 by Bryan

The laughably and ironically nicknamed Free State (lose the r and it would be more accurate) is already one of only 8 states that allow illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses. Several local governments already allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections. In-state college tuition is on the table too, and with an open-borders panderer like Martin O’Malley in the governor’s mansion, it was only a matter of time until he tried to take Maryland in the same direction that Eliot Spitzer has been trying to take New York by creating a two-tiered drivers license system for illegal aliens.

The administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is drawing up plans to issue separate driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and legal residents to comply with new federal security regulations, a proposal that could become a focus in the debate over illegal immigration in Maryland.

Top state officials began briefing lawmakers last week on a two-tiered licensing system similar to one that New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer (D) proposed last fall but was forced to scuttle after a political battle. New York does not allow illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses, and Spitzer wanted to change that.

Maryland is designing a plan for thousands of immigrants who have been receiving the same licenses as other drivers without having to prove that they are legally in the United States. Maryland is among eight states that allow illegal immigrants to get licenses.

The Casa de Maryland radicals don’t like the plan because it could be used to identify illegal aliens; pro-security types don’t like it because it creates an incentive for illegal aliens to stay in Maryland. The O’Malley administration claims that the two-tiered system is being pushed so that Maryland will come into compliance with the Real ID act. Spitzer tried that trick too.

The question O’Malley and allied lawmakers should answer is, why would illegal aliens obtain the second-class license when they can easily obtain fake versions of the first-class licenses? As long as they can do that, and as long as Maryland retains its broad magnetic sanctuary policies, illegal aliens will continue to flock to the state.

If security is really driving O’Malley’s initiative, (it’s not, but for the sake of argument we’ll play along) the answer isn’t to create a two-tiered license system. The answer is to secure the borders and enforce immigration laws that are already on the books.


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What’s that definition of crazy again?

jukin on January 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM

What’s that definition of crazy again?

jukin on January 14, 2008 at 3:52 PM

…electing Democrats over and over again and expecting different results each time.

James on January 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Hey, the more stupid crap the Dems pull, hopefully the more of them will get unelected. Keep up the good work Dems!!
/Thumbs Up

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 14, 2008 at 3:59 PM

“Yeah but that was New York. I passing a law in Maryland”
“Sorry Roger, you’re still a tiger”
/commercial

Just A Grunt on January 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Don’t blame me I voted for Ehrlich! I’m trying to move to Delaware asap.

resqgal on January 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I could be mistaken, but didn’t MD issue a drivers license to one (or more) of the 9/11 hijackers?

Medicated on January 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

I wonder if someone was an “undocumented visitor” to the Family quarters of the Governor’s Mansion, would he give them visitor’s pass and let them stay?

trubble on January 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Hey, the more stupid crap the Dems pull, hopefully the more of them will get unelected. Keep up the good work Dems!!
/Thumbs Up

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 14, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Motor Voter. Get a driver’s license, register to vote. That’s what this issue has been about all along.
Ya’ think they’re gonna vote Dem or Rep?

billy on January 14, 2008 at 4:05 PM

He will feal the wrath, just wait and see.

libhater on January 14, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Gov. Martin O’Malley obviously didn’t see how we pwnd Spitzer for his dumb idea. But alas dems don’t learn.

HotAirExpert on January 14, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Motor Voter. Get a driver’s license, register to vote. That’s what this issue has been about all along.

Maryland resident here. When I moved into the state, almost 20 years ago, I had to present my birth certificate from the state of my birth. (The hospital birth certificate was not acceptable.) In other words, I had to prove that I, a U.S. citizen, was legal. My, how times change.

Bigfoot on January 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Let’s see if I actually understand what O’Malley is contemplating – spending taxpayer dollars to facilitate the continued illegal activity of known criminals?

There is certainly ‘something about Maryland’, or more particularly its voters, I am unaware of.

LimeyGeek on January 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

…electing Democrats over and over again and expecting different results each time.

James on January 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Well said but remember we are talking about a lower life form who actually believes what Democraps promise.

I wonder if someone was an “undocumented visitor” to the Family quarters of the Governor’s Mansion, would he give them visitor’s pass and let them stay?

trubble on January 14, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Great analogy.

I can’t wait to watch the backlash just like in New York. Hitlary must be boiling because she thought this one was behind her and it will get thrown at her again. Love it!

libhater on January 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

These guys think we a really stupid… Security my a$$. Just another ploy. I fear that this might become a reality here in Illinois. We have the worst state government un the union. Imagine that…The land of Lincoln.

cattekc on January 14, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Well said but remember we are talking about a lower life form who actually believes what Democraps promise.

Don’t kid yourself. It’s not just people who are gullible or ignorant. My brother is a Kos Kid (Trusted User, even!) who actively WANTS what the Dems actually DO, not just what they promise. He thinks income redistribution is just keen, for example – that it’s the correct and moral thing to do. And he’s by far not alone, unfortunately.

Laura on January 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

From today’s news:

According to the telephone poll of 848 registered voters, 49 percent disapproved of O’Malley’s performance. Thirty-nine percent approved, and 12 percent had no opinion. That’s a 13-point drop from last spring.

O’Malley is the Mondale of Maryland. Huge tax hike in a special session recently.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Motor Voter. Get a driver’s license, register to vote. That’s what this issue has been about all along.
Ya’ think they’re gonna vote Dem or Rep?

Not the illegal’s, the people who could vote for this LEGALLY. I understand the issue, the Dem’s want a new voting block to enslave.

MyImamToldMeToDoIt on January 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

woulden’t it be great if we fired all these illegal lovin’ officals and replaced them with Legal immigrants who were resentful of the illegals getting everything granted to them? and i’m almost surprised the local police and even citizins haven’t taken these politicians and strung them up.

RMC1618 on January 14, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Socialism, from the outset, has always abhored national boundaries. The Party desires the destruction of the individual Nation, and demands obedience only to it. The call for “open borders” – be it from the Democrats or the Republicans – is really a call for the destruction [by balkanization] of this Nation, and the rise of Socialism.

This Nation, as we know it, will fall. The Socialists will win, because the seeds of Socialism are illiteracy and ignorance. Not calling the demand for “open borders” what it really is – a Socialist idea for the elimination of the Nation – and not calling those who favor it [in either the Democratic or the Republian Parties] what they really are – Socialists – only assists the collapse.

OhEssYouCowboys on January 14, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Is this guy begging to get voted out of office or what?

He’s probably banking on a Hildebeast victory….he’s going to be very disappointed.

HaraldHardrada on January 14, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Hey you guys in Maryland! Move out! As quick as you can. Go to Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia,(forget Pennsylvania). So your commute is longer. Better yet find a state that will appreciate your talents and move there. I did several years ago. When I saw what was going to happen. Haven’t your income taxes and property taxes gone up enough? Haven’t your personal liberties died enough? Haven’t your schools dropped enough for you yet? Leave that poor excuse of a state before it is too late for you and your family!
Your Welcome!

Jimmybob on January 14, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Must. Get. Illegal. Votes. For. Hillary.

fogw on January 14, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Excuse me but did you really mean to write:

Several local governments already allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections

?

Are you telling me that there are places in this country where non citizens can vote? More than just illegally stuffing the ballot box? Voting regulations where citizenship is NOT a requirement? Does that include residency?

Duh. . It’s . . I mean … you … uh. . they ..
really? [expletive deleted]

rockhauler on January 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM

How can we advertise the fact that illegals can get a license in MD?
It might attract them all to go there.
If they all arrived in Baltimore the politicians might just have a change of heart.
Imagine…Thousands of them hanging around the inner harbor, or better still, Annapolis.

woodswalking1 on January 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Question… what other “States” let the illegals have a drivers license?

I do not know so reason for my question is valid and I can’t seem to get anything ligit on the internet.

I have heard California, Maryland (obviously), New York, Florida..

upinak on January 14, 2008 at 4:42 PM

upinak————-
Maine, among 7 others allows illegals to get licenses.

woodswalking1 on January 14, 2008 at 4:44 PM

They elected O’Malley then they get what they deserve.

Theworldisnotenough on January 14, 2008 at 4:44 PM

rockhauler on January 14, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Yeah, in school board elections.

Bryan on January 14, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Don’t kid yourself. It’s not just people who are gullible or ignorant. My brother is a Kos Kid (Trusted User, even!) who actively WANTS what the Dems actually DO, not just what they promise. He thinks income redistribution is just keen, for example – that it’s the correct and moral thing to do. And he’s by far not alone, unfortunately.

Laura on January 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Oh, I hear you. There are plenty of GWL’s (that’s Guily White Liberals for those of you in Rio Linda) who have zero logic, rational thought, and common sense in them. But without the gimme…gimme crowd with their hands out, Democraps would never win elections.

libhater on January 14, 2008 at 4:46 PM

who have zero logic, rational thought, and common sense in them.

The thing is, he’s a brilliant guy. He IS thinking rationally – and effectively. He just has completely different goals than we do. Personal freedom as we know it is not on his list, for example. I’m just saying, know your enemy. While there are plenty of Dem voters who are just ignorant fools with their hands out, there are others… like my brother. Don’t underestimate his sort. Sheep can be dealt with fairly easily. True Believers like my bro can’t be.

On a related note, I’ll be selling tickets to Thanksgiving Dinner 2008. Reserve your seat now!

Laura on January 14, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were say a conservative party, yeah a party where conservatives could support other conservatives and put forward conservative leaders to promote conservative issues. That would be nice. Oh well.

ronsfi on January 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

And I am quite sure that they’ll make sure to see that illegals have adequate insurance as well.

What freaking idiots.

drjohn on January 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Are you telling me that there are places in this country where non citizens can vote? More than just illegally stuffing the ballot box? Voting regulations where citizenship is NOT a requirement? Does that include residency?

My blog from November

Illegal immigration debate extends to voting booth
Allowing non-citizens to cast ballots being considered by more cities

By EUNICE MOSCOSO
Cox News Service
Published on: 11/07/07

Should non-citizens be allowed to vote? Officials in Takoma Park, Md., think so. The city, a liberal enclave near the nation’s capital, is one of a few local jurisdictions that encourage non-citizens to vote. Since Takoma Park does not ask for proof of legal residence, it is possible that illegal immigrants were casting ballots this week

There have been some isolated studies on non-citizens voting, including:

• In Utah, a state audit in 2005 showed that more than 58,000 people who appeared to be illegal immigrants had driver’s licenses and 383 used their license to register to vote. Of those, 14 voted in an election.

• A 1997 investigation into a disputed House seat in California found that 743 non-citizens cast votes. The total was not enough to overturn the election which was narrowly won by Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat.

William Amos on January 14, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Question… what other “States” let the illegals have a drivers license?

Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Gerard on January 14, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Laura on January 14, 2008 at 4:23 PM

My college friends were bleeding hard libtards who thought income redistribution was the right thing to do until they moved out of their mother’s basements and had to actually support themselves. It’s always easy to redistribute income when the income is not your own.

Zorg on January 14, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Well here in Tx. just 2 days before Christmas a “undocumented immigrant” pulled out in front of my son on a rain slicked road causing a T-bone, My son and his friend ended up in the hospital. I got to the site and when I saw the guy I asked did he have a license? Was he insured? Cop gave me his license info and insurance info and they even gave the “undocumented immigrant” a ride home. The insurance had been canceled, the license wasn’t good and the address was false. I’m now paying the emergency room bills, through insurance. I got a $1000 for the totaled car of which the $250 deductable comes out. And the “undocumented immigrant” is no where to be found.

Send this to these elected asshat’s. Just cause you have a license doesn’t mean you’ll have insurance. Only lawful people obey laws and these scumsucking “undocumented immigrants” have already broken the damn rule of law so what makes you think they’ll follow the other laws. Maybe we should just shoot the asshats elected tormentor politicans!

stanfil2 on January 14, 2008 at 6:10 PM

It’s always easy to redistribute income when the income is not your own.

Zorg on January 14, 2008 at 6:02 P

Sure, but he’s upper middle class – works in the computer field. He’s not some college nitwit; he’s 41 years old. He gave over 15k to Doctors Without Borders, and more to other charities. He’s serious about what he believes. I think we on the right are too quick to dismiss people like him as idiots who don’t understand the real world. They do understand it. They just want to change it. We minimize that to our own detriment.

Laura on January 14, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Will these invaders be able to buy auto insurance?

Zorro on January 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

here we go again…

well, at least look at the brightside. Another idiot politician has inspired even more Americans to rise up against illegal immigration by bringing the issue up once again. Hopefully he gets grilled and ridiculed like the last guy.

jjcarrillo on January 14, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Too bad we’re moving back there in May/June… I miss Ehrlich and Steele.

I was born in the state of Maryland, and four years ago I had to jump through 80 billion hoops or so to get my license renewed there (I had a Delaware one, but I was active duty and too lazy to drive to Dover on Christmas Eve). Sometimes I wish I was just illegal… life would be getting easier for my family!

the goddess anna on January 14, 2008 at 6:24 PM

I’ve been saying for months now that the whole reason the Dems are trying to get these laws passed is a hedge against losing the fight against voter ID laws. This together with motor voter laws is nothing less than an attempt to commit voter fraud on a mass scale.

flipflop on January 14, 2008 at 7:07 PM

I’m all for giving Mexican illegal immigrants drivers licenses…

Mexican Drivers licenses…

Just not valid here…

Romeo13 on January 14, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Do I get half price buffets with this I.D.?

Mojave Mark on January 14, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Do I get half price buffets with this I.D.?

Mojave Mark on January 14, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Will you settle for welfare benefits, social security, and in-state tuition?

Laura on January 14, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Will these invaders be able to buy auto insurance?

Insurance – no that’s an optional extra isnt it? They register all their cars and pick-ups in Pennsylvania too, via bogus addresses or P.O. Boxes.

Britcop on January 14, 2008 at 9:29 PM

Great!!!

NEXT GREAT LIBERAL IDEAS:

* State-issued fake social security numbers
* State-issued master keys for burglars
* Free bullets for murderers
* State-subsidized porn & grade school keys for sex criminals

landlines on January 14, 2008 at 9:39 PM

I can’t wait to watch the backlash just like in New York. Hitlary must be boiling because she thought this one was behind her and it will get thrown at her again. Love it!

libhater on January 14, 2008 at 4:17 PM

I would love to see every debate moderator and TV/radio interviewer ask each candidate what they think of the NY proposed license and the MD one. Possible interesting answers when you ask specific questions.

And also what each candidate thinks about the 4 states (and counting) with new laws cracking down on illegal aliens, with attrition by enforcement working really well in all 4.

Warning – don’t let your state be last – sort of like musical chairs, and you know what happens to the last state.

fred5678 on January 14, 2008 at 11:40 PM

Oh great. Then what happens when one of them kills someone with a car? hmmm State Farm? Go ahead State Farm…keep funding the dems….its all coming back at you….

johnnyU on January 15, 2008 at 1:06 AM

oh and if they can’t read our english road signs…. like uh… “STOP” [theres a good one]… hmmmm. The people who elect these nit wits…. I swear…

johnnyU on January 15, 2008 at 1:07 AM

Question: Why is it that yoohoo powers-that-be-but-shouldn’t-be like Spitzer and O’Malley always seem to ignore one minor step when trying to invoke idiocy like this…like asking the people who voted them into office in the first place what THEY think about it? I highly doubt the majority of people in Maryland and New York would go along with a goofy idea like this, so why aren’t guys like Spitzer and O’Malley listening? Or do these two guys now feel that since they are in power, they can wield that power however way they want with one hand, while flipping the finger at the voters with the other?

pilamaye on January 15, 2008 at 7:36 AM

God I hope the Dems don’t make it to the White House. Talk about a polarized America, I can’t come close to understanding their loonacy. The gulf just keeps getting wider.

Ernest on January 15, 2008 at 9:51 AM