Letters to the editor – Wednesday (4-22-15)

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 22, 2015

‘Highway Safety Act’ a boon for people here illegally

In response to the misinformation from Rep. Harry Warren (and others), about House Bill 328 – Highway Safety/Citizens Protection Act, make no mistake, this bill is about “undocumented immigrants,” their ability to drive to the jobs they have taken away from unemployed citizens and about making it easier to come to and remain in N.C.

In fact, under section 6 § 20-37.8A. (c) (5) (i) of this bill, it directly states: “A State agency or official shall not use any information submitted as part of the application process for a restricted identification card to seek the removal from the United States of the applicant or for any purpose other than the issuance of  the restricted identification card. … “

How do you like them apples?

Section 6 also allows for any and all illegal aliens in the state of North Carolina to be eligible to receive a “restricted” driver’s license/permit and/or N.C. ID card. …The reason the word restricted is in quotation marks is because the NC. driver’s license/permit/ID cards do have some limitations on them.

Those are:

1. It cannot be used to register to vote. (You and I know that, but how many people who are registering people to vote are going to know that or even abide by it?)

2. It cannot be used as a legitimate ID to enter government buildings. (Big penalty, huh?)

3. It cannot be used to board aircraft. (Well, yes it can, and the TSA in California is already allowing it.)

Other than that, it is the exact same license as you and I received. The representatives supporting it like to mince words and say it is “not a license.” It is a “restricted driving permit.” Well, what’s the difference if those are the only restrictions placed on it?

— James Johnson


Johnson is president of North Carolinians For Immigration Reform and Enforcement.