Providing Driver Licenses to One Who Has Broken Federal Law so One Can Drive “Legally”- Is an Oxymoron

Michael D. Antonovich
Los Angeles County Supervisor

This week in Los Angeles momentum has gathered behind the proposal to provide driver licenses to illegal immigrants. Providing a legal driver’s license to one who has broken federal law so one can drive “legally” — is an oxymoron.

What’s disappointing is that three law enforcement officials, L.A. City Police Chief Charlie Beck, Sheriff Lee Baca and L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, have turned a blind eye to enforcing the law by supporting the idea.

Our nation is strengthened by legal immigration — but creating another incentive to those who break federal immigration laws encourages illegal immigration and places further economic burdens on taxpayers.

In Los Angeles County, children of illegal immigrants born here are receiving over $642 million a year for welfare and food stamps.  In an ICE survey of Los Angeles County jails, illegal immigrants annually cost taxpayers over $550 million.  Our costs for medical services exceed $500 million.  This is $1.7 billion — not including the cost of education.

Our county and state taxpayers can no longer afford to be the HMO for the world or to provide financial rewards for those who break the law.

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