Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Driver Privilege Card Audit

Utah study verifies that Driver Privilege Cards are issued to illegal aliens. This seems to be a criminal violation of 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) "Any person who— encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B). "

Earlier this year the Utah Legislature received a "Follow-Up of Sample Matching Driving Privilege (DP) Cards to Vehicle Insurance" reporting on the 'success' of the Driving Privilege Card for illegal aliens.
The report indicates that 76% of DP holders have auto insurance as compared to 82% of regular license holders. (The 2005 Original Audit did not discuss insurance compliance, it DID discuss VOTING by holders of ITIN issued licenses)

According to the IRS : "ITINs are not valid identification outside the tax system. Since ITINs are strictly for tax processing, IRS does not apply the same standards as agencies that provide genuine identity certification.ITIN applicants are not required to apply in person, and IRS does not further validate the authenticity of identity documents. ITINs do not prove identity outside the Federal tax system, and should not be offered or accepted as identification for non-tax purposes." (Whether taxes are actually PAID is another question) - "ITINs are for federal income tax purposes only. Getting an ITIN does not change your immigration status or your right to work in the United States."

The report says "It is interesting to note that the driving privilege cardholders have
increased by 39 percent in a two-year period from about 25,000 in 2005 to 34,799 at year-end 2007."
This compares to 58,000 driver's licenses issued previously to ITIN users (illegals) before DP's. However, "98.3 percent are coded in the Driver License Division’s database as being obtained by ITIN (34,193 DP cards). The remaining 606 DP cards are coded as “legal presence” (1.7 percent of total DP cards), meaning the DP cards were obtained through documents supporting legal presence."
Which can be concluded to mean that the remaining are, in all likelihood, ILLEGALLY present and are being "encourage(d) . . . to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing , , , that such coming to, entry, or residence is . . . in violation of law."

This is, of course, merely a continuation of the previous policy of issuing actual Drivers License to illegal aliens - as reported in the study: "In 2005, there were 37,000 ID cards issued to persons who appeared to be undocumented aliens." The report further states "there were 40,992 driving privilege (DP) cards issued as of December 31, 2007."

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