Security Concerns Spell Trouble for Il. License Bill

Security Concerns Spell Trouble for Il. License Bill

“A new bill to permit 250,000 illegal immigrants to receive driver’s licenses could be in big trouble in Illinois. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), the group that is behind the bill, is fending off blows from Illinois law enforcement over the bill’s lack of security safeguards,” the Washington Times reports.

“Opponents say the bill was stripped of key safety and security provisions once it gained political support and outrage has set in. In Springfield, state police chiefs are opposing the bill, SB957, demanding that safeguards be put back in.”

Economist Editors Endorse Population Ponzi

“Although America’s fiscal problems are among the worst in the rich world, its policymakers long took comfort that, when it came to demography, its outlook was one of the best. Because Americans have so many babies and welcome so many immigrants, they had more room to deal with the coming burden of pensions and health care for the elderly,” the Economist editorializes.

“Growth in its labour force has slowed dramatically since the recession; in November it was only 1% larger than at the end of 2007, a period in which the working-age population grew by 5%.”

Border Patrol to Stop Providing Interpretation for Agencies

“U.S. Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as interpreters when local law enforcement agencies request language help, according to a new decree issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The new guidance said agents should refer such requests to private services often used by government agencies,” the Washington Post writes. “Seeking language help is a common practice among local law enforcement agencies in Washington state. If a person is pulled over and can only speak Spanish, the U.S. Border Patrol is often called.”

It’s Not Enough to Know History, Drawing the Right Lesson Matters As Well

GOP Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says that since many Texans (of the early 1800s) moved there illegally when Texas was Mexican territory, he supports rewarding illegal immigration today with amnesty. “Long before President Obama’s re-election, after which prominent Republicans said their party needed to show Hispanics a gentler position on immigration reform, Patterson used Texas history to promote a softer and more nuanced view of what to do with people who have come here without work papers. At Republican clubs around the state, he tells them that the first immigrants were white Americans — and that many of them were here illegally,” the Texas Tribune writes.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


  1. avatar

    And you can be sure those American settlers in Texas weren’t getting benefits from the Mexican government.

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    Another idiot heard from. Mr. Patterson evidently doesn’t know that at that time, it was a free-for-all for people to roam where they wanted, or were invited. Maybe if we speak slowly, he’ll understand. Mr. Land Commissioner, we-now-have-laws-against-coming-into-this-country-without-papers. Didn’t know that, did you?

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    Regarding Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson’s interpretation, one can not possibly equate the early 1800’s to today. Let’s get real, times have changed and illegal immigration is a serious problem here in the U.S., so lets not sugar coat it to make matters worse! Not to mention Mexico’s corrupt and hypocritical government, that could care less about our rule of law or nation sovereignty!!

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    Regarding the Americans in Texas story, at some point Mexico was inviting American settlers because the area was so poorly inhabited and Mexicans did not want to move there.