Happy New Year. Georgia is issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and we have no constitutionally official language.
The Department of Driver’s Services has been issuing driver’s licenses to some illegal aliens since the summer of 2012. This, despite the will of the majority of Georgia voters. Most of whom are completely clueless that it is even happening.
As a reluctant and long-time denizen of the Gold Dome, this humble writer can well remember the hard-won Republican-led battles of the last decade against encouraging and rewarding illegals with a license to drive. Which makes the current official silence on this dangerous policy more than a little alarming.
This slippery-slope process can and should be stopped by the Republican-controlled General Assembly in the coming session.
How did it happen? Look to President Barack Hussein Obama. After congress refused to pass the scam-laden DREAM Act amnesty multiple times over the course of a decade, desperate re-election candidate Obama bypassed Congress in 2012 and unilaterally instituted his own amnesty for illegal aliens who can claim to have been brought here illegally as children.
Make no mistake, this illegal enforcement dodge was done to curry favor with the open borders, identity politics mob that endlessly insist that we stop all deportations. It was done for Democrat votes.
Our dear leader declared a renewable two-year delay in deportation proceedings for illegals that he and the liberal media call “Dreamers.” He calls his administrative amnesty “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.”
Deferred action on deportation was never meant to be illegally applied to an entire group of illegal aliens as a political maneuver to harvest votes.
It is important that all concerned realize that this brazen Obama instant-amnesty does not change the fact that the illegal aliens who are affected are still illegal aliens. Both the official United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website and the White House blog page make it clear: “Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.”
Inserted before anyone could imagine presidential administrative amnesty, Georgia law that regulates the state’s DDS office on eligibility for a drivers license includes language regarding deferred deportation status.
That language should be removed from state law in the legislature that is controlled by a super-majority of Republicans.
Why? Assuming the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in Washington stands firm on denying comprehensive amnesty for illegals again in 2014, Obama could very well simply bow to the screaming demands of the same illegal alien lobby that extracted the DACA amnesty and extend “prosecutorial discretion” and deferred action on deportations to all illegal aliens.
This would result in Georgia becoming even more attractive to millions of currently “undocumented workers,” because they could all get a Georgia driver’s license and simply blend into American life as if they had obeyed our immigration laws.
They wouldn’t be heading to Arizona. The governor there has refused to allow DACA-amnestied illegals to obtain a driver’s license and many other public benefits.
Georgia voters should be also be insisting that a resolution be passed that would allow voters to decide in November on amending the state constitution to make English the official language of government in Georgia. Like Arizona has already done.
The midterm election ballot question on which we should all be allowed to vote “yes” or “no” would go something like this: “Shall the Georgia constitution be amended to make English the state’s official language of government?”
While Georgians wonder why this hasn’t already been done here, among the other states that have allowed a (successful) public vote on official English in their constitution is … California.
Ask yourself why allowing voters an opportunity to decide on doing the same thing would be a problem for conservative Georgia Republican lawmakers.
In an election year.
D.A. King lives in Marietta. He is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society and is not a member of any political party. Follow him on Twitter: @DAKDIS.