10/05/2013

New Mexico's experience with giving illegal aliens driver's licenses

With California giving illegal aliens driver's licenses, it might have been helpful to have studied the impact in other states before adopting it yet.  From the LA Times:
California is home to nearly one in four immigrants who live in the U.S. without legal status. The state can learn a lot about potential problems from New Mexico, which has issued more than 90,000 driver's licenses to foreign nationals since 2003, said Demesia Padilla, that state's secretary for taxation and revenue. 
"It's been a disaster," Padilla said. "We have had a lot of identify fraud." 
The state has broken up fraud rings that used false addresses and fraudulent lease and utility documents to obtain driver's licenses for immigrants who live in other states, she said. . . .

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