Loose Lips

Graham, Grosso Want Identical Licenses for Undocumented Drivers, Others

This morning's hearing on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants—a proposal introduced last month by Mayor Vince Gray—normally wouldn't be a contentious one. It's got the mayor's support, and no councilmembers have voiced public opposition to it. But there's a catch: the stamp.

Under Gray's bill, the driver's licenses for immigrants would be identical to legal residents', except for a stamp noting that the ID can't be used as a federal ID. It's an attempt to avoid violating the federal REAL ID Act, and would make the licenses useless for getting into federal buildings or boarding airplanes. But activists—and Councilmembers David Grosso and Jim Graham, speaking at a rally in front of the Wilson Building today—say it would lead to profiling against immigrants with the altered licenses.

Graham predicted strong opposition to the stamp in the Council, but didn't say who else would join him. "I don't want people wearing armbands or patches, saying 'I'm undocumented,'" he said, right after posing with the colorful license above.

Photo by Will Sommer

  • Typical DC BS

    DC has the most brainless representatives - almost on par with Chicago and NYC. Sure, lets let people who are here illegally have ID and see if we can flout federal law at the same time. Oh, lets also not bother to enforce our laws when we do happen upon them doing something stupid, like breaking other laws, then pat them on the back and release them back into the wild to ignore the responsibility to show up and face the music like CITIZENS have to.

  • DCGovcorruption

    I believe that the law that the mayor is proposing is based on the md law which allows undocumented immigrants to get a driver's license which is different from us citizens who must provide a birth certificate and ssn number, etc. I dont believe that the congress will let dc violate federal law in this matter. The mayor is at least
    using a law already in effect in md.

  • IAmNotALiberalDemocrat

    Where were the ICE agents? They should have been there to make arrest of illegal aliens.

  • noodlez

    YO TYP BREATHE!

    THE DEPORTATION AFTER JAIL TIME IS BETTER THAN HOUSING THEM INDEFINITELY.

    I'M ALL FOR GETTING SOME OF THEM ON THE BOOKS BECAUSE THEY DO WORK, WILL PAY INTO TAX BASE AND KNOWING THEY ARE NO LONGER UNDERGROUND WILL GIVE THEM INCENTIVE TO STAY ABOVE BOARD ON A WHOLE OF HOST OF ISSUES.

    I'M FOR LABELING AS WELL. IT IS TIME FOR ILLEGALS TO START GETTING THEIR ACT TOGETHER AS IT PERTAINS TO THEIR STATUS HERE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THIS WILL HELP SPUR THAT ALONG!

  • I’m legal

    A number of other states provide drivers' licenses to illegal aliens, but they are always marked "Not for Identification" or something similar. The basic premise of the standard license is that in order to obtain it the holder has proven his identity and residence with birth certificate, SS card, utility bills etc. Why should someone who cannot prove his identity get the same document as someone who can? A valid federal ID MUST meet specified standards. If these fools impose this silliness, the consequence will be that NO D.C. license will be accepted for identification, and we'll all need to start carrying passports to get into a government cafeteria, not to mention board a plane.

    http://www.mva.maryland.gov/Driver-Services/RealID/index.htm
    http://www.dmv.state.va.us/general/#news/real_id_ht.asp

  • Kappa99

    Dumb idea, What about native Washingtonians? Young,black men who need jobs? Graham and Grosso are just pandering for hispanic votes, because they can't get Black support.

  • JimAbely

    Thank goodness that the Mayor's Office is going to protect DC citizens from Gross's dumb bill. If the Phoney Drivers License Bill passes, DC Drivers Licenses will not be suitable as a valid government issued ID. That means DC residents. holding valid Drivers Licenses, might not tbe able to board airplanes.

    Today, a Drivers License is used as ID. There ahve to be standards in place to assure that the government entity issuing the Drivers License has some idea who the person is.

    I like Graham and Gross personally, but their bill is unethical. They are pandering for votes. They are selling out US security for votes. They are helping ID thieves for votes.

  • Alan Hyman

    Definitely a step in the right direction. In my opinion we should stop enforcing the Federal government laws regarding this, as well as stop collaborating with them on matters like this. What we really need is a city ID card similiar to the one in New Haven, CT and San Fransisco.

  • Typical DC BS

    Right Alan. Nice that you advocate ignoring LAWS passed by the federal government. Maybe we can all just ignore the laws we disagree with - like drug laws, gun laws, etc.? Brilliant logic. Try following our system of government and work to change laws you disagree with - or maybe we can just start directing all the illegal aliens to your block? You'll be happy to provide for them, right?

  • Kappa99

    Jim Graham calls for ignoring the law?

    Graham knows something about breaking the law. His Chief of Staff went to jail after an FBI bribery sting. Then Graham was censured by the DC Council for abusing his position on eh Metro Board. He's being sued now for his misconduct on the Metro Board.

    What should we think about legislators who tell citizens to ignore laws?

  • JimAbely

    Watch the campaign dollars campaign assistance now. Lets see which Council incumbents get money other campaign help from interested parties.

  • abc

    Utah is one of the states that issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens. But to reduce confusion, they call it a Driving Privilege Card, and require applicants to be fingerprinted. Not a bad idea here.
    http://publicsafety.utah.gov/dld/dlandid.html

  • Asuka

    Utter insanity. Watch DC's hard-won budget surplus quickly become a massive deficit as illegals rush to ruin yet another sanctuary city. The unemployment rate among blacks in DC is 20% - TWENTY PERCENT - and Graham and Grasso want them to face competition from people who can work for less and further depress wages? These two are despicable, particularly Graham who should have been charged with a crime for trying to get his buddy the DC Lotto contract.

  • What?

    How bout this?!?! If the illegals dont like the f-ing ID they are privileged enough to get.... DONT GET ONE! Never heard of such crazy ish before. Or hows about you do all that protesting and demanding to be treated like citizens in oh I dont know... A COUNTRY YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF!

...