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States Buck Public Opinion, Offer Driver’s Licenses to Illegals.


Nevada has become the latest state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license — even as public opinion polls show that the great majority of Americans oppose such measures.
A national poll conducted in October by Rasmussen Reports found that 68 percent of likely U.S. voters think illegal immigrants should not be allowed to obtain state driver’s licenses. Just 22 percent favor licenses for illegals in their state.
Critics say the laws encourage illegal immigration by legitimizing the status of those who come to the United States illegally.

“It is a kind of amnesty. It doesn’t given them any legal status, but by giving them a government-issued ID, it helps them imbed in society,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C.,  said in an interview with Newsmax.

“This is a way of protecting illegals from coming to the attention of immigration authorities,” Krikorian said. “It’s a way of documenting the undocumented.”
In Nevada, Democratic-led lawmakers approved a driver’s license law in 2013. It was signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, the state’s first Hispanic governor, who considers it a public safety measure, and went into effect at the beginning of this month.

“Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s privilege card will increase the number of drivers on Nevada’s roads that are insured and aware of traffic rules and regulations,” Sandoval said in a statement after signing the bill.

When Nevada began issuing licenses on Jan. 2, long lines formed at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Las Vegas, waiting for the 8 a.m. opening of the office. The Associated Press reported that “thousands of Nevada immigrants” sought to obtain licenses on the first day.

Those applying for the driving privilege cards must show some proof of their identity as well as evidence of Nevada residency and insurance. New drivers must pass a driving test, and pay to retake the test if they fail.

The information provided for the licenses, however, may not be used against them for purposes of enforcing immigration laws, a key provision in a state like Nevada where about a fourth of all residents are Latino.

Other states that have approved similar laws include Utah, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, California, New Mexico, and Illinois, along with the District of Columbia.
Said California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, in signing his state’s law last year: “No longer are undocumented people in the shadows. They are alive and well and respected in the State of California.”

The climate of permissiveness licenses for illegals follows a crackdown period after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacksthat came in response to widespread fears of foreign-born terrorists entering the country.

“After 9-11, things were tightening up. Now those states that are mainly run by Democrats are backtracking,” said Krikorian, noting that Congress has given leeway through the REAL ID law to states to issue immigrant driver’s cards, but those cannot be used for federal identification purposes like boarding planes.
New Mexico, with the nation’s largest Hispanic population, is one state attempting to buck the trend. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is hoping to convince the Democratic-led state legislature to repeal the state’s current law, which offers licenses to illegals.She has tried before and failed, but vows to continue.
Polling shows that Martinez has support for her position, said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., a New Mexico firm that has polled for the Albuquerque Journal twice on the issue.

“Both times, the polls that we did for the Journal showed approximately 70 percent of registered voters opposed granting licenses to undocumented workers,” Sanderoff told Newsmax.

“I think it’s a significant issue to the extent that the governor is once again latching onto it,” he said.

New Mexico differs from its heavily Hispanic neighbor Arizona, where its governor, Republican Jan Brewer, has taken an aggressive stance against illegals in her state. In New Mexico, most Hispanic residents are natives, tracing their lineage back to Spain, said Sanderoff.

“Most New Mexicans are Americans, born and raised here, more so than the average state,” he said, which likely explains why voters there oppose the law by a wide margin.

The trend could continue as Congress renews its debate on immigration reform this year and proponents continue to push for the measure in more states.

“The push for it is nationally coordinated,” Krikorian said. “There is a broader push by national groups to have more say in the issue. They see it in two ways. First, as a practical matter, it helps to imbed the illegal immigrants in the U.S., making it less likely they will leave. Also, it will be presented as evidence of nationwide momentum for immigration ‘reform.'”

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By Andrea Billups

Calif. OKs Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants.


The California legislature has approved a bill that will allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The measure, which was cleared Thursday by huge margins in both the Assembly and the Senate, was sent on to Gov. Jerry Brown, who said he will sign it, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, a sponsor of the bill, said it would prevent situations where immigrants face arrest, heavy fines, and car impoundment when they are pulled over.

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Democratic Sen. Kevin Leon added, “This measure will ensure that all drivers on California highways are properly trained, properly licensed, and properly insured.”

The bill requires the licenses for undocumented immigrants to have special markings indicating their status. The licenses will be issued as driving-only identifications, which cannot be used to help establish eligibility for employment, voting, or seeking public benefits.

Critics of the legislation argue that the licenses would not make illegal immigrants safer drivers or guarantee that they get auto insurance to help protect themselves and other drivers.

The ability of undocumented immigrants to drive legally in California was outlawed in 1993. Several earlier attempts to restore it cleared the legislature but were vetoed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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By Jim Meyers

Missouri’s Confidential Gun Owner Files Handed Over to Feds.


Despite a law that guarantees the names of concealed weapon permit holders in Missouri will be kept confidential, the entire list was twice turned over to federal authorities, Sen. Kurt Schaefer says.

The Republican lawmaker says the Missouri State Highway Patrol asked for and received the list from the state Division of Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing. It was then sent to the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

“When they turn over the entire list of concealed carry holders in the state of Missouri to the federal government, where is it going?” Schaefer told the Columbia Daily Tribune.

“I want to know who all was involved in this transaction because if this is just some phone call saying give me the list of all concealed carry holders, how did the person at the patrol who fulfilled that request know who was at the other end of the phone?

“How did they know where to send it? How did they know what it was being used for?”

Capt. Tim Hull told the newspaper the lists were “provided to law enforcement for law enforcement investigative purposes.’’

But under Missouri law, the names of concealed weapon permit holders — which are stored in driver’s license records — are confidential.

“Apparently from what I understand, they wanted to match up anyone who had a mental diagnosis or disability with also having a concealed carry license,” Schaefer said. “What I am told is there is no written request for that information.”

He said he intends to ask Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. Ron Replogle for full details of the list handover at a state appropriations committee hearing on the patrol’s budget.

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By Bill Hoffmann

FRSC pegs minimum age of drivers at 26.


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Kwara State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Christopher Ademoluti, on Wednesday said the FRSC had put the minimum age of commercial drivers in Nigeria at 26.

Speaking during the inauguration of the commercial driving licence in Ilorin, Ademoluti also said underage commercial drivers were responsible for some of the road crashes in the country.

He said, “We want to put the minimum age of a commercial driver in Nigeria at 26 to enable them to have the experience, maturity and expertise to drive and convey people, unlike the current system where we have underage people driving commercial vehicles.

“With the new driving licence, we want to have all the data of the commercial drivers.

“We don’t want to have a driver who drives 18-seater bus to endanger the lives of the 18 people. It is only one commercial driver that dies where 18 people die.”

He stated that the upgraded National Drivers Licence would help reduce accidents.

According to him, the NDL contains the data of commercial drivers and would serve as checks on them.

Ademoluti also said six driving schools had been approved to train commercial drivers before being issued with the new licence.

He added that the biometric documentation of all licensed drivers would aid in tracking down criminals.

According to him, it will also reduce the loss of revenue accruing to the state through unpatriotic citizens through their illicit activities in the parallel production of the licence.

Source: PUNCH NIGERIA.

BY SUCCESS NWOGU 

More women have driver’s licenses than men in US.


  • This Nov. 2, 2012 file photo shows Diane Spitaliere and her pet dog Izzie sitting in her car outside her house in Alexandria, Va. Women have passed men on the nation’s roads. More women now have driver’s licenses than men, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have significant safety and economic implications. Spitaliere, 58, a retired government worker says: “I want to be in my own car for as long as possible. I want to be independent for as long as I can.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Women have passed men on the nation’s roads. More women than men now have driver’s licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications.

If current trends continue, the gap will only widen. The share of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver’s licenses is declining, but the decline is greater for young men, according to a study bythe University of Michigan‘s Transportation Research Institute. The study looked at gender trends in driver’s licenses between 1995 and 2010.

“The changing gender demographics will have major implications on the extent and nature of vehicle demand, energy consumption, and road safety,” predicted Michael Sivak, co-author of the study. Women are more likely than men to purchase smaller, safer and more fuel-efficient cars; to drive less, and to have a lower fatality rate per distance driven, he said.

Over the 15 years the study covered, the share of men ages 25 to 29 years old with driver’s licenses dropped 10.6 percent. The share of women of the same age with driver’s licenses declined by about half that amount, 4.7 percent.

Male drivers outnumbered women drivers from the moment the first Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908, the year the automobile became popular, and through most of the last century. In the 1950s, when only about half of adult women had driver’s licenses, jokes about women drivers were a staple of comedians.

But the gap gradually closed. By 1995, men with driver’s licenses slightly outnumbered women, 89.2 million to 87.4 million. By 2010, 105.7 million women had licenses, compared with 104.3 million men.

Likewise, in 1995 men with driver’s licenses outnumbered women in every age group except those over 70. By 2010, women outnumbered men among drivers ages 45 and older and between ages 25 and 29 years old. The share of older women who are also on hanging onto their driver’s licenses has also increased.

“I want to be in my own car for as long as possible. I want to be independent for as long as I can,” said Diane Spitaliere, 58, a retired government worker in Alexandria, Va.

Male drivers under age 44 are still slightly more numerous than women of the same age, but that’s only because young men outnumber young women in the general population, the study said. There now are 105 boys born each year for every 100 girls in the U.S. Women outnumber men later in life because they live longer — an average of 80 years for women, compared with about 75 years for men.

Rising Internet usage may be part of the reason for the decline in the share young drivers, especially young men, Sivak said. A previous study by the transportation institute published earlier this year found that countries that have higher Internet usage also have a lower licensure rate of teens and young adults.

“There is some suggestive evidence that Internet contact is reducing the need for personal contact,” he said.

Other researchers have theorized that digital media and technology may make driving less desirable and public transportation more convenient. Texting while driving is dangerous and illegal in most states, but there’s no risk to texting or working on a laptop while riding a bus or train. Some transit systems have been seeing significant increases in riders.

Another reason for the growing disinterest among young men in driving may be the erosion of the “car-fetish society,” travel behavior analyst Nancy McGuckin said. “Today’s young adults grew up in the back seat of cars stalled in congestion, hearing their folks swear at the endless traffic. Nothing romantic about that!”

It is also “no longer cool, or even possible, to work on your own vehicle. The engines are so complex most people don’t even change their own oil,” she said. “Independence, freedom, being able to customize the car to reflect you — these are not part of young people’s association with vehicles.”

There also may be economic reasons for the shift, McGuckin’s research indicates. Employment of 16- to 24-year-olds as a share of all workers has declined. At the same time, the rate of young men ages 18 to 34 years old living at home has been going up and is greater than the rate of young women living at home.

It may be that unemployment and underemployment have made auto insurance unaffordable for young men, said Alan Pisarski, author of the Transportation Research Board’s comprehensive “Commuting in America” reports on U.S. travel trends. “Insurance for males under 25 is just colossally expensive,” he said.

There has also been a sharp decline in vehicle trips and the number of miles traveled by vehicle for 16- to 29-year old males, according to McGuckin’s analysis of massive government travel surveys between 1990 and 2009. The declines for women were not as great.

“The car companies are very worried,” she said.

Gloria Berquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said the alliance is aware that the share of teens and young adults obtaining driver licenses is dropping, although the association hasn’t seen the research on the gender differences.

“Some research has shown that young adults today connect with their friends through their smartphones, but at some point younger consumers still need to get from here to there, and a car is still a priority where public transportation is unavailable or limited,” she said. “This is especially true for younger adults when they enter the workforce.”

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By JOAN LOWY | Associated Press

Number plate: Senate summons FRSC, FIRS, minister.


Number plate- Senate summons FRSC, FIRS, minister

Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs has invited the Minister of Transport, Mr. Idris Umar, and the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mrs Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, to its public hearing on Tuesday.

According to the chairman of the committee, Senator Dahiru Kuta, they are to make some clarifications as the Senate moves to resolve the controversies surrounding the proposed new vehicle number plates and driving licences.

Others invited are the Chairman of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Osita Chidoka; the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Luxury Bus Owners Association of Nigeria, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria, Directors of Vehicle Inspection Offices in the 36 states and the FCT, security agencies and civil society groups.

Kuta said the exercise was not a with-hunt but to ensure that the ordinary people were not seriously affected by the new policy.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had earlier directed the FRSC to stop the scheme until a resolution was reached on the matter.

Following a motion on the subject matter earlier in the month, the Senate mandated the committee to carry out a public hearing on the scheme against the background of complaints against the FRSC that it was stepping beyond its bounds.

According to Kuta, the FRSC stands to generate at least N2bn as its own share of the issuance of the new number plates and driving licence, much to the distress and detriment of the “poor masses of the country”.

Kuta said, “The public hearing on the new scheme is to get firsthand information from the public and stakeholders in the sector after which the National Assembly will now chart a way forward. Whoever is talking about a witch-hunt on this matter is, to me, simply uninformed.

“The extant FRSC Act empowers it to primarily, prevent and minimise accidents on the highways and clear obstructions on any part of the highways and educate drivers, motorists and other members of the public generally on the proper use of highways.

“The commission was not established principally as a revenue-generating agency for the states and Federal Government. In recent times, the FRSC embarked on frequent and arbitrary introduction and re-introduction of vehicles number plates and driving licences and the commission will ultimately be generating N2bn annually as its own share of the new scheme.”

Source: PUNCH NIGERIA.

by Oluwole Josiah.

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