As a conservative Republican, being labeled a racist is in the cards if I dare express negative thoughts against illegal immigrants and those who support giving benefits to them. I therefore cringed when it was announced that Illinois may soon become the fifth and most populous state to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. States permitting illegal immigrants to drive are Washington state and New Mexico; Utah allows driving permits.
Respect was lost for former Republican governor, Jim Edgar, and Republican controller, Judy Baar Topinka, when they joined Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in support of giving driver licenses to illegals. All stood in solidarity at a press conference with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) on November 20th in Chicago. The plan would allow illegal immigrants to get tested for licenses and buy insurance without facing deportation. Stated was that these licenses could not be used for other purposes, such as boarding a plane or voter identification.