Should Illegal Residents Get Michigan Driver’s Licenses?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich – More than a hundred Hispanic families packed Grand Rapids City Hall to express support for the issuing of drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants in Michigan. The issue was not on the city’s agenda, but it was the major focus of the public forum.

“To go to work, to go to the bank, to get car insurance, I think it would be better for everyone,” said Jose Quintana, 48.

Last summer, President Obama announced a federal policy that allows certain illegal immigrants to avoid deportation temporarily and obtain work permits.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has said the president’s action does not mean undocumented individuals can get driver’s licenses in the state nor that the federal policy doesn’t gives them legal status in Michigan.

The issue has been a hot button in states across the country.

This week, the Illinois state senate voted 41-14 in favor of granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. If the House passes the bill and it is signed into law by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois would join only two other states, Washington and New Mexico, in granting such licenses.

Many Hispanic families living in Grand Rapids are hoping Michigan will do the same.

“Not one person came out and spoke against this, everyone here was in support of it,” said Quintana about the city commission public forum.

While city leaders don’t have the power to change the law, they can influence lawmakers.

“On the one hand there is absolutely nothing we can do to directly resolve the problem they are bringing,” said Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, “bbut what we do have is a pulpit here, and Grand Rapids is an influential city in the state of Michigan.”

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17 comments

  • jeff

    They are not illegal citizens, they are illegal aliens. They have not right to be in the United States. They have no right to work, go to school, etc. They have no right to sponge off the tax payers. They need to be deported.

  • Reloader

    Jeff I totally agree. If they have papers thats one thing, but those who are here ILLEGALLY, go back to where ever they came from. Our country has enough trouble takeing care of our own. In other words GET OUT!!!

    • Rick

      I agree to both of you enough said. We can’t even take care of our own people more less or providing for people that are not suppose to be here.

  • Diesel J

    The key word in this whole conversation is "ILLEGAL" . You are here illegally & you need to be deported . My grandparents came to this country from Italy & became "LEGAL" citizens. They also learned how to speak the language, read & write. So take your "Press 1 for Spanish, back to Mexico. We are here to take care of our own citizens. If you can do us all a favor , take S*#Thead Obama with you. He will destroy this country if we leave him in office .

    • John Luke

      Ummm No Bitch . Shut the fuck up . we all ILLEGALLY HERE . THE 1sg people who were here . Were the INDIANS . SO.SHUT THE FUCK UP

    • Michael Stevens

      You have no right to say that shit. For all we know YOUR ancestors were illegal too. Do your fucking research before you open your fucking mouth. Also, not every Hispanic that you know is Mexican. There are also other races who are here illegally, not just Hispanics, so take your racist ass somewhere else, and go kill yourself.

  • Donnie

    Try being an illegal alien in Mexico. You have absolutely no rights and will be jailed. Good luck getting a fair trial. I can see why they would want to come here, but do it legally. To quote the band Skid Row "This party's over, so get the F out".

  • American Born Girl

    Well, I watched them take my husband's drivers license for missing child support payments for kids he wasn't even allowed to see, and was told by the SOS to take a bus, so bullcrap! We don't owe anyone anything because you were lucky enough to cross the border. I am sick and tired of being directed to Se habla espanol buttons when I try and get customer service! If someone becomes legal the right way fine; but, don't expect me to learn Spanish! People who want to become legal should be made to learn English and take that spanish option off our phone system!!!!!!QQ

  • mk0825

    They're illegals. So no, they shouldn't have any rights here in the US. They shouldn't qualify for unemployment, welfare, food benefits, or medicaid. IF I as a natural born citizen cannot qualify for the help I need and have paid into for years as I have been employed, someone who has come here illegally should not receive free hand outs off my tax dollars either.

  • Bill

    If you want to drive, collect welfare, have your kids get state provided lunches at publicly funded schools, and all the other free stuff we give out as a society, become a citizen and pay taxes like the rest of us. If you have no intention of become a citizen, you can pick fruit, send money to back home, and do whatever, but that in no way entitles you to the rights of American Citizens.

  • UNKNOWN

    TAXPAYERS? ILLEGALS PAY TAXES 2 U KNOW AND THEY DONT GET BACK LIKE WE DO SO IDK WHAT UR SAYING WE PAYING FOR CZ WE AINT PAYING FOR THEM WE R PAYING FOR THE LEGAL LAZY PPL…. IF THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO PAY TAXES THEY SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DRIVE….. IM MARRIED 2 AN ILLEGAL AND WE BEING TRYING FOR HIM 2 BECOME LEGAL SO THEY GAVE HIM THEY WORKERS PERMIT 2 WORK BT NOT 2 DRIVE DATS STUPID THEY TAKE SO MUCH MONEY OUT FOR TAXES AND WHEN IS TAXES TIME HE DONT GET CRAP BACK CZ HES “ILLEGAL” IF IT WASENT FOR ILLEGAL PPL USA WOULD BE TRASH CZ WE WONT DO THE JOBS THEY DO….

  • frank

    To all you stupid retarded Anonymouers …. All of your roots s German , Dutch , Italian, all of your crackerass that i miss were illegal too do your research . If anything you peoplz came here ILLEGALLY the Indians were her first. God made this world for everbody not just for white raciest people like you. I Cant wait for God to come down …. Lets see if you still think think that way

  • Esmeralda

    I sorry to say, but all u people that say for illegals to go back to where they came from, need to really shut up and use ur head to think before u speak. None of u know what a perskn goes through when they come here. Yes they don’t have to because they r not from here, but they tisk theirs lives to be better and support their families. And in all the races not just mexicans there are lazy people that want to live off of welfare, but for o one it is limited to them. And u may say u have more right than them because u r legally here, but u r the last people to say anything about that situation. People say they take our jobs, why r u on welfare instead of working in the fields. A job is a job right. And for theperson who said about the spanish messages, they r not only for illegals but for ANYONE that doesn’t speak english. That can be a legal person, and why should u feel good about getting thee help u need and others can’t. U r no better than anyone else. All u racists people need to really learn about people before u talk about them.

  • psjrnine

    if the illegals had it easy for them to migrate to the states, they wouldn't have to come illegally. So many of them are denied the right to come to the states even for a visit. Why is it so difficult for them to get visas?
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