“They [illegal aliens] will be able to come in and get a driver’s license. We will know who they are,” Tata said. “They will have a license. They will have insurance, and it will make our roads safer.”
NC State Transportation Secretary
appointed by new Republican Governor Pat McCrory
It appears that the concept of a Republic built on a foundation of the rule of law is not a concern under governor Pat McCrory (R) in North Carolina. But we can find solace in pending legislation banning the public exposure of a woman’s breast and restoring the “right” to drop a possum in Brasstown on New Year’s Eve. In the meantime, businesses will be penalized by paying more in unemployment taxes to pay off Gov. Bev’s $2.6 billion tax bill for accepting stimulus money (what a bargain that turned out to be). And our state gas tax (37.5 cents per gallon) is the highest in the South but I doubt it will go down with any contribution by these newly minted “illegal” drivers.
State transportation officials announced Thursday that they will begin issuing driver’s licenses and ID cards March 25 to some immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children but qualify under a federal program that blocks deportation and grants work permits.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program blocks deportation of and grants work permits to immigrants brought to the United States as minors without authorization. Eligible applicants include high school students, high school graduates, those with a GED and those who have served in the military and have no felony convictions or significant misdemeanors.
State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said the issue comes down to accountability and safety. The decision, he said, balances the rights of lawful citizens and those who have a newly accorded lawful status under the DACA program and wish to become citizens.