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Voice of Citizens Together
13601 Ventura Blvd., Suite 163
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Fax 818-501-0359 ·

FAX to: 916-445-2209

April 6, 1999

California Senate Transportation Committee

2209 State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Bill No. SB 371 - Issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards, bill to repeal the requirement that every applicant for an original driver's license or identification card submit proof of legal residence.

Transportation Committee:

Voice of Citizens Together, representing 11,414 concerned Americans, opposes the passage of SB 371 to repeal the legal residency proof prerequisite for a California driver's license or identification card.

On June 7, 1996, Senator Hilda Solis told the annual meeting of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, "We're all Americans, whether you're legalized or not."

On June 14, 1997, Antonio Villaraigosa, now Speaker of the California Assembly, told the annual meeting of the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, "It's not enough to elect Latino leadership. If they're supporting legislation that denies the undocumented driver's licenses, they don't belong in office."

Now we see Senator Solis introducing legislation which will make it easy for illegal aliens to obtain California driver's licenses and identification cards, following the lead of Speaker Villaraigosa.

Following the passage of the Alquist bill which established the residency requirement, the total number of driver's licenses issued in Los Angeles dropped by 10%. (See attached)

In the state's analysis, Randall Henry observes:

The department is required annually to submit a supplemental budget report "detailing the costs of verifying the citizenship or legal residency of applicants for driver's licenses and identification cards, in order for the state to request reimbursement from the federal government." To date, no such report has been submitted.

He also reports:

An analysis completed by the California Research Bureau, however, indicates that while the total number of driver's licenses has increased in raw numbers, the ratio of driver's licenses as compared to the overall population, labor force, and non K-12 population shows an actual decline.

On Tuesday, April 7, 1998, the Los Angeles Times reported on widespread fraud within the DMV. According to the report, "DMV spokesman William Gengler said the department had already been working on tightening its procedures when the task force issued its report. Beginning April 15, he said, the DMV will have an electronic link with the Immigration and Naturalization Service to check the status of immigrants."

Why would such an electronic link be necessary if illegal aliens were not attempting to obtain driver's licenses and identification cards?

On May 14, 1997, Channel 2000 (KCBS TV in Los Angeles) reported:

"For weeks, people piled into the Magic Driving School and paid for illegal licenses. CBS 2 News sent in another undercover agent, this one posing as an illegal immigrant - someone who, by law, cannot get a license. But for $850, Carlos will get him one, thanks to a faked social security number and the man with the gold bracelets."

Who would doubt that the tightening of the supply of California driver's licenses to illegal aliens has led to illegal aliens and DMV employees participating in a black market for licenses? America is in a struggle to control illegal immigration, especially from Mexico.

Mexico is in a struggle to illegally regain territory it ceded to the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Controls on the issuance of driver's licenses and identification cards help us defend America against this illegal land grab by demographic warfare.

There are some elected officials who would like to see illegal aliens, especially Mexicans, obtain driver's licenses. Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa and Senator Hilda Solis are among them.

To paraphrase Speaker Villaraigosa, "Any American who is elected to office in Sacramento and supports legislation which allows illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses doesn't belong there."

Yours truly,

Glenn Spencer



Chart of drop in driver's licenses issued in Los Angeles.