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Let’s Go for a Drive


March 30, 2013 by siweiss

In recent years, states have begun to allow illegal immigrants to drive. In many states, this was not an issue until the late 1990s when the standards changed and a social security card was needed to apply for a driver’s license. Prior to 1999, Colorado granted licenses to all residents. However, with a both Senate and House having majority republican, the was a procedural changing requiring anyone who renews their driver’s license, or applies for a driver’s license, to have a social security number.

As I mentioned previously, such changes were common in multiple states. Since, states have begun to take a more liberal stance on the big question Who should be able to drive. According to an analysis by the New York Times, about 4.5 million illegal aliens in the U.S. drive on a regular basis…without licenses, insurance, or even the ability to read road signs. Some states hope that by allowing illegal immigrants to obtain licenses—and driving classes—without the threat of deportation, that the roads will become safer. In New Mexico, illegal immigrants are issued the same licenses that any other citizen has. Other states, such as Utah and California, and Colorado, are attempting to pass differing bills, basically stating that illegal immigrants must get drivers license in order to drive, however the license will not be a proper form of ID and cannot be used to vote or to leave the country.

Democrats currently hold majority in the Colorado state legislative. The legislative body has various bills that will highly affect illegal immigrants in Colorado.

They have passed a bill allowing illegal immigrants who graduate from a Colorado high school, to pay in-state tuition at a Colorado college. Republican Brian Del Grosso not only backed the bill, but notes “by the time some of the kids graduate from college, Obama will be out of office. An executive order is not a law and could change. The bill, he said, is going at it the wrong way. We need have to have comprehensive reform at the federal level” (

The state legislative is also attempting to pass a bill rebuking a current 2006 bill passed “restrict[ing] nonemergency benefits like food stamps, supplemental security income and Medicaid to legal residents of Colorado who are 18 or older. Children will be exempt from the law. It also requires that business owners will be required to provide proof that their workers have legal immigration status” (

Finally, a law allowing illegal immigrants to earn licenses, called the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, was proposed on Monday in Colorado’s state Senate. State Senator Jessie Ulibarri was the one who proposed the bill. He grew up in a low-class neighborhood in a trailer park and graduated from University of Colorado Bolder.

On his campaign page, he talks about how he saw the troubles classmates of his went through not being able to get an education. The education reform bill is close to his heart. He wants to make the roads safer by allowing people who are breaking the law, because they have no other choice, to get a license. “In 2012, he was elected into the State Senate. Championed by Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, D-Commerce City, the bill would require Coloradans seeking a driver’s license to provide a tax identification number, a tax return and present identification from their country of origin” ( “’It’s good for all of us to make sure the people driving on our roads are safe and this allows people to get licenses and know the rules of the road,’ said Ulibarri,” ( Ulibarri said “public opinion on immigration has changed over the last 10 years, and he’s optimistic he can get Republican support for the measure,” (

The opposer of the bill is long time Republican state Senator Kent Lambert. Lambert graduated from the Air Force Academy, USC, and the Air Institute of Technology. “Ken Lambert, Republican for Colorado Springs, told the Associated Press he believes this measure could violate federal immigration laws,” ( He argued, “if people are here illegally, that means it’s illegal to do this,” he said.

While they is no immediate impact outside of legal and illegal driving residents of Colorado, it appears the state legislature is adamant on finding progressive solutions to the vast amount of undocumented immigrants. They also seem to support a move for federal laws dealing with the issue.


  1. colemc18 says:

    I feel as if your post was very distracted. Not till the middle of your post did you start to get into a law. The blog post goes from drivers licenses to in-state college education in Colorado to drivers licenses again and it just leaves me confused. Also, your citations are not very smooth. They should be in MLA format and mention the author’s name, not the full URL. The proper way of embedding the article would be to properly cite in MLA format then highlight it and click the button with the chain on it. Click that and it will bring up a screen that allows you to put in the URL. Once that’s done, you’ll see the citation now blue, which will allow your audience to click the citation and be redirected to the article in question. Apart from that, there’s some grammar errors, some confusing sentences, and some missing quotation marks. Aside from this, I feel like your efforts should have been directed to an already passed bill. Now don’t get me wrong, I too focused on a proposed bill, but your’s seems too fresh, too recently proposed and it seem clear if this bill will pass. It feels like that you didn’t even have enough info to completely cover your bill and had to focus on separate issues. Also, how does the Colorado governor feel about this? He’d need to sign this bill if it were to be passed and his opinion is needed. Overall, your blog post was okay, but it needs more polishing and information.

  2. hannahwalker4 says:

    I think you took an interesting approach on this post! You presented an in-depth analysis for this Colorado proposition and really picked apart the elements of the law and how it would effect illegal immigration. I also found it interesting how you explored many different avenues of suggested Colorado immigration reform. However, I feel that you did not have cohesive focus in this point. You skipped around from drivers licenses, to college education, to nonemergency benefits, and then back to drivers licenses. Since the only decisive act that you mentioned was the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, I would stick to focusing on that in relation to its history, support and opposition, and effect on illegal immigration. I also noticed that you mostly mentioned this act exclusively in a state context. Though the blog prompt did call for a federal bill, through thorough analyzation, you could stretch Colorado’s new legislation to a national level and report on how it is effecting federal legislation. I also suggest that you comb through your post a few more times to fix some grammatical errors that made a few parts of your piece slightly confusing. Also, you should make sure to nail in proper in-text citations in MLA format to validate your credibility. As a whole though, I recognized the amount of research you invested in this post and I enjoyed your clear writing style. Once you solidify a direct focus and modify minor grammatical and citing errors, I have no doubt that this post will be strong and polished!

  3. rfwalker says:

    This post seemed very fragmented as lacked the structured focus I expect from your writing. This greatly impacts both the presentation of your information and he depth of knowledge you are able to present.

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