Allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses

There are 600,000+ undocumented immigrants in Florida who are of driving age. In order to protect public safety and our drivers on the road, we must create a system to ensure every driver on the road is trained, licensed, and insured to drive. We must join the other 15 states and Washington D.C. and allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses without fear of deportation. Not only would this add over 600,000 potential new car insurance customers it would also allow the State of Florida to receive an estimated $68 million in fees for licenses and titles.


Refuse to Cooperate with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Sanctuary cities and states have lower crime. That is a fact. A “sanctuary city/state” is a city that declines to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Meaning city/state police will not turn over undocumented immigrants to ICE. According to a University of California-San Diego study:

“On average, counties that did not comply with ICE requests experienced 35.5 fewer crimes per 10,000 people than those that did. Wong also found that counties that did not comply with detainer requests had higher household incomes, lower rates of unemployment, lower rates of poverty, and were less likely to have children under 18 in households receiving public benefits.”

“Research has shown that working with federal immigration enforcement made it harder for local police agencies to investigate crimes because witnesses and victims who were in the country illegally would be less likely to come forward if they thought they risked being detained and deported.” Source

Furthermore, the idea that undocumented immigrants bring with them statistically significant increases in drugs, rape, and crime is a complete falsehood, fake news if you will.

According to the Libertarian Cato Institute study, “Among people aged 18-54, 1.53 percent of natives are incarcerated, as are 0.85 percent of undocumented immigrants and 0.47 percent of documented immigrants, according to the Cato study of comparative incarceration rates.” Meaning that undocumented immigrants commit 44% less crime than native-born US citizens.

Another study from the Sentencing Project suggested, “increased immigration "may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates" since 1990. While the study is "not definitive in proving causation," it links crime trends — 730 violent crimes per 100,000 citizens in 1990 compared to 362 per 100,000 in 2014 — and immigration trends in the same period. According to the study, there were 3.5 million undocumented immigrants in the country in 1990, and 11.1 million in 2014.” Meaning while there was a 200% increase in the population of undocumented immigrants, crime simultaneously fell by 50% completely shattering the myth that as a whole, undocumented immigrants are violent criminals.


Heather Hunter


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