Republicans are pushing legislation to punish states that allow illegals to obtain driver’s licenses by blocking federal funding in the form of Justice Department (DOJ) grants.
Fox News reports Republicans in the House and the Senate are introducing legislation that would block federal funds from states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses — the latest move in an escalating fight over “sanctuary” laws.
The Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act would block funds to sanctuary states — which limit local cooperation with federal immigration authorities — and those that give licenses to illegal immigrants. Specifically, it would halt Justice Department (DOJ) grants, in particular those awarded under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which is a top source of federal criminal justice funding for states.
The legislation is being introduced in the Senate by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. It is being co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.; Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Mike Rounds, R-S.D. Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., is introducing companion legislation. That bill is co-sponsored by 21 other members.
“Tennesseans know all too well what can happen when illegal immigrants are granted driver licenses,” Blackburn said in a statement. “While Tennessee and many other states prohibit driver licenses for illegal aliens, a growing number of states are moving in the opposite direction and unleashing dangerous open borders policies. Immigrants must follow the proper federal process and obtain citizenship or lawful status before obtaining a state driver license.”
“In America, no one is above the law,” she added.
Her office estimates that states that issued licenses to illegal immigrants received nearly $53 million from the program in fiscal year 2019.
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The bicameral legislation comes amid a growing fight over sanctuary legislation. The Trump administration has been attempting to highlight attention to the dangers of the policy and has been shining light on cases whereby illegal immigrants have killed Americans.
“The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens,” Trump said at his State of the Union address last week.
Per TCO, Former ICE Director Tom Homan recently spoke out on NY allowing licenses for illegals.
Homan said he believes NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo has “lost his mind” with his immigration policies.
Fox News reports last December, the controversial “Green Light Law” was passed by the Sanctuary State’s Democratic Legislature and signed by Cuomo. Under the law, county and state motor vehicle departments may accept applications for licenses, regardless of immigration status.
New York is just one of the 15 states and Washington D.C. which operates under similar laws.
In December, the Hill posted a video of a long lines to apply for New York driver’s licenses on the first day illegal immigrants were allowed to apply for them.
Democrat state Sen. Luis Sepúlvedahe (D) admitted “Theoretically, they could have the ability to vote.”
— The Hill (@thehill) December 16, 2019