Virginia Democrats Pass Legislation to Give Illegal Aliens American Driver's Licenses
Lawmakers vote to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses in Dem-controlled state
Lawmakers in both chambers of the Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly voted to allow illegal aliens to obtain American driver's licenses.
Advocates packed the Capitol for the votes on Tuesday, as the debate unfolded on the floor of the Senate.
The Senate version of the legislation (SB 34), which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a license after agreeing to meet all the necessary requirements, passed with a 22-18 vote.
Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) proposed the measure that was passed by the state capitol’s newly minted Democratic majority.
Surovell argues that many illegal immigrants are currently driving illegally in the United States.
He described it as a critical quality of life issue while claiming that giving illegals licenses will make roads safer.
Amid a rush before the end of the Virginia General Assembly’s “crossover” deadline Tuesday, lawmakers in both the state Senate and the House of Delegates passed separate bills allowing undocumented immigrants to legally drive on the state’s roadways, according to the Daily Caller.
The Senate version has certain conditions for illegals to legally drive on the state’s roadways.
The undocumented applicants must prove they’ve filed an income tax return, and the cards would also include text stating that it’s not a valid form of ID for federal, voting or public benefit purposes.
The House version, which Democratic Del. Kathy Tran introduced, passed by a margin of 57-42 and is largely similar to its Senate counterpart.
The House bill, however, goes further by calling for the IDs to be conventional driver’s licenses.
The unprecedented votes make Virginia poised to become the next state to allow illegal aliens to apply for drivers licenses — following in the footsteps of 14 other states.
The passage of such laws come as progressive states and localities across the country are pushing back against the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
Virginia Democrats have introduced similar bills in the past but have been unsuccessful under years of Republican rule in the state capitol.
That has changed since Democrats won full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in a generation.
Newly empowered Democrats have been busy this legislative session, passing a slate of progressive bills that include abortion access, LGBTQ rights, collective bargaining for unions, marijuana decriminalization and other legislative activity.
Virginia Democrats also passed a package of gun control measures, including a ban on the sale of “assault weapons.”
Republicans in the state responded to progressive agenda, with the state party saying it will lead voters back to their tent this election year.
“The United States needs to work on fixing the crisis at the southern border before we start granting rights to non-citizens,” Virginia GOP spokesperson John March said in a statement to the DCNF.
"Between this and the radical anti-Second Amendment legislation that Democrats are ramming through, the left has given Virginia plenty of reasons to vote Republican in 2020 and beyond."
It’s not immediately clear if Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is prepared to sign into law a bill giving illegal aliens the right to drive.