This piece originally appeared in The Providence Journal.
The Providence Journal’s argument against licenses for undocumented immigrants in its March 18 editorial “Laws and licenses” is one of intellectual paucity.
The editorial plays upon people’s prejudices and fears: it not only alludes to unnamed burdens, but goes as far as to state potential costs without any credible economic citation whatsoever. It claims that Rhode Island could become more of a magnet state, but did Rhode Island’s thousands of undocumented immigrants move to Connecticut when it issued driver’s licenses?
The editorial perversely misrepresents the intent of federal immigration policy. In the Supreme Court ruling Arizona v. United States, it is stated that: “discretion in the enforcement of immigration law embraces immediate human concerns.” Granting driver’s licenses is an appropriate exercise of discretion.
Courtesy of the Providence Journal