Friday, December 25, 2009

Effective January 1st, 2010, Utah Residents Intending To Drive In Utah Must Get Drivers Licenses In Person And Supply Identity Documents


The Salt Lake Tribune reminds us that, effective January 1st, 2010, Utah residents who want to legally operate a motor vehicle in the state must get their drivers licenses in person, and supply proof of identity and residency. Renewal by mail has been suspended. This requirement will exist for five years to ensure that all currently-licensed Utah drivers will be required to meet this mandate.

The mandate is driven by SB40. Senator Curt Bramble (R-Provo), who sponsored the bill, explained that the changes were necessary because other states were starting to reject Utah licenses for lack of proof that their bearers were in the country legally. SB40 also created a third driver category -- the limited-term license -- sunsetting the driving privileges of legal immigrants at the same time that their permits to be in the country expire. Illegal immigrants will still have access to a driving-privilege card that cannot be used as identification for state benefits or access through federal airport security checkpoints, but apparently without fear that applying for the card will expose them to apprehension and repatriation.

Tony Yapias, an advocate for illegal immigrants and director of Proyecto Latino de Utah, said he understands the need for stricter ID verification "post-9/11," and he is glad the new law preserves driving-privilege cards for undocumented immigrants. He claims the cards make those immigrants legal on the roads, encouraging them to register vehicles and buy insurance. But one person posting a comment to the story cautioned that the "privilege card" is nothing more than a freebie to the local car dealerships to sell illegals cars when they buy a 30 day insurance policy.

The Utah Department of Public Safety Drivers License Division page contains the details. Applicants will be required to present proof of status, identity, Social Security information, and residency:

(1). Proof of Status and Proof of Identity are identical and interchangeable. At least two documents must be presented.

(2). Social Security Information. Either an SSN card or a document such as a W-2, 1099, or pay stub showing SSN is required. A letter showing ineligibility to participate in Social Security is also acceptable.

(3). Proof of Utah Residency. At least two documents showing applicant's name and primary Utah residence.

DMV cautions that in marginal cases, approval of documentation may not take place during the initial visit to DMV; a second visit might be required. Thus those whose licenses expire in January might want to renew as early as possible to account for this possibility.

While SB40 prevents illegal immigrants from getting the full documentation necessary to get state benefits and access airport security checkpoints, it does not result in their apprehension and repatriation. Yet all Utahns, even those who have drivers licenses, must undergo the scrutiny. Consequently, a number of Utahns are upset about this broad-brush approach and think it's primarily a strategem to avoid charges of profiling. They post their objections as comments to the Tribune story; here are a few:

mikeinogden: 12/24/2009 10:19:00 PM
So let me understand this. If a person moves here from another state and has a valid social security card, but does not have access to a copy of their birth certificate and has no passport, they will not have their driver's license renewed even if they have been a citizen of this country all their life? Yah, I can see a bunch of lawsuits coming on this one. And when the spokesman says the law is already passed and there is little that can be done about it, how about passing another law that repeals this one.

booker: 12/25/2009 5:54:00 AM
This law is crap. It makes me angry that I should have to prove I was born here. It also makes me mad that my husband who served 26 months during Viet Nam war should have to prove he is a citizen. This law just because it passed doesn't make it legal.

salty lemon: 12/25/2009 6:11:00 AM
People from other countries should not be given cards if here illegally. That is aiding and abetting lawbreaking.

It's too bad our legislature caved into the special interest groups like the Salt Lake chamber of commerce and removed E-verify from sb81. E-verify would of accomplished fair enforcement of the immigration laws. Instead of standing up and doing what's morally right, they chose to harass Utah's legal citizens until we give up, and allow open borders.

Why did we fight the war on terror to protect our borders?

ALL law enforcement officers are responsible for immigration enforcement. Blaming the Feds only is a tactic used by the pro-illegal group to kill enforcement on a grass roots level. Knowing the problem is to large for one Government agency to handle.

Without local law enforcements support, and legislature/state leaders with moral conviction, we can't fix the problem. They just don't enforce the law, and create backlogs for the Federal Government.


Tck62: 12/25/2009 9:38:00 AM
Never forget the root cause of the illegal immigration mess is the corporations who covet the cheap labor and the churches who crave the collection plate money. These two groups have bought off both sides and dictate public policy accordingly.

Illegal immigration is a huge drain on our economy from the $ billions wired overseas to the increased education budgets and everything in between.

The bottom line the status quo on illegal immigration is really nothing more than state sponsored corporate and church welfare.

3 comments:

Brittanicus said...

Either a House or Senate bill, that releases millions of foreign workers into our country, will devastate the public safety net. As it is now--California--a SANCTUARY STATE--is under constant bombardment to support uncounted numbers of foreign invaders on the health care, education and penal system. America's largest population of illegal immigrants, California bears a huge cost to provide basic human services for this fast growing, illegal low-income segment of its population. A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion annually. California voters rebelled and overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187, which sought to limit liability for mass illegal immigration. Since then, state and local governments have blatantly ignored the wishes of the voters and continued to pay out publicly financed benefits on illegal families. Prop 187 was brought before Judge Mariana Pfaelzer, who in November 1997 found the law to be unconstitutional. Governor Wilson appealed the ruling, which brought the case to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (who are extremist Liberals)

In 1999, newly elected Democratic Governor Gray Davis had the case brought before mediation, and then intentionally dropped the appeals process before the courts, effectively killing the law so it--NEVER--reached the Supreme Court. Dan Stein, President of FAIR stated, "California's addiction to 'cheap' illegal alien labor is bankrupting the state and posing enormous burdens on the state's SHRINKING MIDDLE CLASS TAX BASE," he added "Most Californians, who have seen their taxes increase while public services deteriorate, already know the impact that mass illegal immigration is having on their communities, but even they may be shocked when they learn just how much of a drain illegal immigration has become. After these fiscal numbers were released, there seem to be an intentional reluctance to offer costs for both legal and illegal immigrant cost to the US taxpayer. The latest news now is the border state of Arizona, is in dire straights financially and also heading towards bankruptcy. Arizona is being dragged down into the financial abyss, just like it's adjoining state of California because of illegal immigration. This will be the demise of many other states, if the politicians don't start accommodating US citizens and those who came through legal channels. Sen. Harry Reid Nevada is very close to both California and Arizona in a monetary meltdown, because during the construction boom, American workers were replaced by countless numbers of foreign labor in the name of larger profits for unscrupulous contractors/subcontractors.


"This is owing to a Sacramento Liberal Assembly, which has edged the state to near bankruptcy. Only by the interruption of multi-millions of American citizens, legal residents and congregations of anti-illegal immigration groups will America prevail. Here is the Capitol switchboard number to call 202-224-3121 because your vote is needed to stop any AMNESTY. The last 1986 Immigration bill was never aggressively enforced, that is why millions of illegal immigrants roam freely throughout America? The blame can be placed upon previous administrations as they have always been in collusion with the business, including Wall Street that is the real mechanism that governs our country? That is--WHY--we are taxed to subsidize--CORPORATE WELFARE--with incredulous numbers of lowly paid illegal wages and no benefits. THIS IS ALL ABOUT CORPORATE GREED and the complete indifference to the AMERICAN WORKERS SURVIVAL AND AN OVERPOPULATION FUTURE.

Brittanicus said...

In a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, based on the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, analyzed the cost of immigrants based on their specific use of (means-tested) welfare entitlements (both direct and indirect), and revealed that the total immigrant receipt of benefits in--1996--came to $180 billion. THAT IS $ ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTY BILLION IN 1996? WHAT ARE THE EXPENDITURES NOW? Today's costs if audited would support some foreign governments treasuries. Obama and his army of pro-illegal worker lobbyist, faith groups, unions, anti-sovereignty Caucuses, to adjoin and undermine our voting system, by organizing huge numbers who will automatically vote in favor of the Democratic party.


The millions of illegal people here would pay small fine of $500.00 dollars, learn English and pass a criminal background check. The law suggested stripping police officers of their federally-sanctioned (287 g) powers that detains individuals for immigration and visa violations, according to The Chicago Tribune. Sen. Harry Reid, Pelosi, Napolitano, Schumer and others know that our only true deterrent E-Verify will be obsolete? This is just for those 20 to 30 million illegal aliens and families who live within this nation borders now. Even more millions will be waiting outside the borders, ready to make the rush for US soil, before the president signs the AMNESTY (CIR ASAP) document. THAT WILL BE THE HIGHEST PINNACLE OF MADNESS, FORCED UPON THE AMERICAN WORKER. THEY WILL HAVE TO COMPETE WITH THOSE ALREADY HERE AND THOSE WHO SUDDENLY SWARM INTO AMERICA. All these destitute, unskilled people will need food, housing and welfare support to exist in our society.

The millions of illegal people here would pay small fine of $500.00 dollars, learn English and pass a criminal background check. The law suggested stripping police officers of their federally-sanctioned (287 g) powers that detains individuals for immigration and visa violations, according to The Chicago Tribune. Sen. Harry Reid, Pelosi, Napolitano, Schumer and others know that our only true deterrent E-Verify will be obsolete? This is just for those 20 to 30 million illegal aliens and families who live within this nation borders now. Even more millions will be waiting outside the borders, ready to make the rush for US soil, before the president signs the AMNESTY (CIR ASAP) document. THAT WILL BE THE HIGHEST PINNACLE OF MADNESS, FORCED UPON THE AMERICAN WORKER. THEY WILL HAVE TO COMPETE WITH THOSE ALREADY HERE AND THOSE WHO SUDDENLY SWARM INTO AMERICA. All these destitute, unskilled people will need food, housing and welfare support to exist in our society. Like most developed countries there is always a desperate need for the most highly skilled engineers and scientists, who carry authentic accreditation from real academic institutions. America can no longer take in the millions of semi-skilled workers using the 1-HB visa, that has been compromised by the many corporate gangsters to fill their own bank accounts. India especially is swamping us with undeniable less skillful labor, who will finally end up as public charges?

Anonymous said...

It's just one problem after another with these illegal aliens! When is it all going to end? It will end when we stop pandering to them! It will end when we ENFORCE THE LAW! Illegal aliens are destroying this Country! One would have to be almost blind not to see this.

Illegal aliens have made America the dumping ground for all their illegal alien children, then we have to school them and give them free medical care.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSe3C5vMafM&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZnX9JRo5M&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI

http://www.kpho.com/video/18452473/index.html

I for one, am sick and tired of these illegal aliens snubbing their nose at our immigration laws and the many other laws of this Country. If our Federal Government can not ENFORCE our immigration laws, and get these illegal aliens out of this Country, then let the States do it! One way or another, an end has to come to this illegal immigration, and not with AMNESTY! Amnesty will only encourage more illegal aliens to invade our Country and reward those who broke our laws and raped the American taxpayer in many ways...depressing our wages, taking our jobs, overwhelming our schools with their ILLEGAL ALIEN children, driving without a license or car insurance, all the crime from stolen identities to rape, drugs and everything else.

It's time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these illegal aliens. It's time for them get out of this Country and back in their own Country where they belong. When we get rid of the illegal aliens, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!

We are going to try and get an Illegal Innigration Law here in Delaware to free our State of the illegal aliens. We have had it with them!