Senate takes more steps to stop illegal immigrant driver's licenses
By Julie Bykowicz -- Baltimore Sun
The Senate is serious about not wanting illegal immigrants to have Maryland driver’s licenses.
In the middle of a lengthy debate Wednesday about the state operating budget, Sen. David R. Binkley, a Republican representing Carroll and Frederick counties, offered an amendment prohibiting the Motor Vehicle Administration from spending any money to issue licenses to people who fail to provide proof that they are “lawfully present in the United States in accordance with federal law.”
Brinkley’s colleagues voted 27-20 to adopt the amendment. It appears to be another strategy to combat the House of Delegates’ plan to allow illegal immigrants who already have Maryland licenses to continuing renewing them. The Senate earlier this week approved a stricter measure that would prohibit renewals for illegal immigrants.
Both chambers are rushing to pass legislation that would allow the state meet an October deadline for the federal Real ID Act, a security measure enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The two plans would appear to help the state come into compliance; a conference committee must work out the differences between the bills. Brinkley’s amendment to the budget would also need to be approved by the House.