Delaware: Two out of Three Illegal Aliens Fail Driver’s Test

Application for a drivers licenseAccording to the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles, roughly two-thirds of the illegal aliens who have applied for a driving privilege card under the state’s new driver’s license law have failed the written test on the first try. Delaware began doling out the driving privilege cards to illegal aliens late last year, after passing S 59, legislation to allow illegal aliens to drive in the state after showing proof of filing a Delaware tax return.

Under the new scheme, illegal aliens must pass both a driving and a written test. Just six months into the program, however, roughly two-thirds of the approximately 2,600 illegal aliens who took the written test failed on the first try. Though some have retaken the test, thus far, only 1,601 driving privilege cards have reportedly been handed out.

Nonetheless, the legislation’s main sponsor, Senator Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) still thinks the program is going to work. Townsend explained, “There was an issue with testing that many people were failing the written test. There’s been some efforts underway to circle back and make sure study materials are aligned with the test, in terms of language as well.”

Senator Townsend’s optimism primarily stems from the idea that giving cheat sheets to applicants will help individuals pass regardless of the future public risk to citizens. Even though the DMV already offers a Sample Driving Exam, that still doesn’t seem to be enough.

As the year continues, residents and legislators may to have to re-evaluate this program. Not just because the program isn’t effective, but it also costs the taxpayers. The state estimates  the program will cost taxpayers $317,652 to start, and cost $112,652 annually thereafter. With more than two-thirds of applicants failing the written tests, and the majority of illegal alien drivers still driving without licenses, it seems pretty unjust that taxpayers have been forced to pick up the tab for a defunct program that continues to put their public safety at risk.

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    Yet these lowlifes still drive on OUR streets, highways, etc. Thanks to scumbag degenerates that pervade our local, state, & federal governments, that are mindless & spineless.

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      most likely these people have no education, read, write issue in addition to English……does that make them low lives?……I find you statement offensive to be American…on the same token, their educated families where they come from most likely you would be a low life to them……

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    Well, we’re “graduating” high school students who have to take remedial classes when they go to college.

    And our president met today with the leaders of Mexico and Canada and he did his usual condescending routine of attacking opponents of free trade as uneducated know nothings. Never mind that he campaigned against NAFTA in 2008 because of all the job losses in Illinois from companies that moved to Mexico, something that continues up to this day. In that year a Canadian official wrote in a memo to his government that he had been assured that his talk was all for show, which his campaign denied.

    But here we are 8 years later and NAFTA continues unchanged. A small surplus with Mexico pre NAFTA turned into a huge deficit, exactly the opposite of what was promised. Now he promotes the TPP, frequently described as NAFTA on steroids. He’s a two faced pompous hypocrite, a liar, a sell out, a phony, and he’s going to cash in big time from big business once he leaves office, just like Bill Clinton. Get those checkbooks out.

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      You’re Spot on Leland for the Seattle Area

      My daughter graduated from the area’s Sanctuary High Schools [with English as a second Language emphasis]….even the “A” students in math and science failed the Green River CC COMPASS test…..they averaged 9th grade level algebra and had to take high school math and science all over again in CC. THEY DON’T BASE THE GRADE ON TESTING ANYMORE….just home work they copy from their friends….

      She’s mastered Calculus when she went to the CC with TESTING!

      DEMOCRATS LOVE CORRUPTION AND LIES IN SCHOOLS….the graduation rate [excluding GEDs] was about 20%!

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        It has nothing to do with democrats nor republicans…. it is the System……most teachers I see do show no even a sophomore understanding of science from a University…..I am glad your daughter is World Class and it should deb no different …you an an engineer by trade…so you raised her well…congrats.