This week the Racine Unified School Board approved a resolution that urges state officials to take action to provide driver’s cards to undocumented immigrants, who are here illegally. The Racine Journal Times has more.
The issue reminded me of a 2007 article about the Wisconsin DMV in the New American I discussed while guest-hosting on NewsTalk 1130 WISN. Here’s an excerpt:
Part of an anonymous letter from an employee of the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as read by Wisconsin State Representative Mark Gundrum to a committee of the Wisconsin legislature during a hearing on Assembly Bill 69/Senate Bill 334 in 2005 is as follows:
If Osama Bin Laden came to a Wisconsin DMV customer service center, affirmed he was an illegal alien, presented two forms of identification and one proof of residency in his own name, he would be issued a Wisconsin ID card. Unless he caused a disturbance or displayed a document that was clearly fraudulent, the police would not be notified…. Once he had his Wisconsin document, Osama would then qualify to get taxpayer benefits, vote in the next election, and do untold harm to our society.
Lee Steines, who worked for the Wisconsin DMV until February 2006, assured The New American that the anonymously written letter gives an accurate picture of daily procedure at Wisconsin DMV offices. If Osama bin Laden requested a Wisconsin driver’s license, there is absolutely nothing in DMV policies or procedures that directs an employee to call the police. In fact, there are memos that state that employees are supposed to look the other way — that known criminals and manifest criminal acts are for “law enforcement” to deal with and are none of the DMV’s business.
Do we really want to back to those days?
The article quoted above appeared in the February 19, 2007 issue of The New American. The title was “Illegal Immigrants in a State of Disarray” by Kurt Williamsen. It was republished at this website.