Lawmakers press for new driving restrictions for undocumented immigrants
On the same day thousands of advocates for immigration reform flocked to Washington,D.C., four conservative lawmakers filed a lengthy piece of legislation directed at undocumented residents living in North Carolina.
The RECLAIM NC Act opens by noting the failure to the federal government to address illegal immigration “places an unwarranted strain on our State’s law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, and social safety nets and undermines our trust in the rule of law.”
House Bill 786 seeks to:
- make it a felony to possess, manufacture, or sell false identification documents (The bill stipulates a minor who may use a fake ID to buy alcohol or cigarettes would only be charged with a misdemeanor.)
- authorize immigration status checks of individuals lawfully stopped, detained, or arrested
- reject the use of a matricula consular or other similar documents as an acceptable form of identification
- require undocumented citizens to obtain a restricted driver’s permit
- require anyone who is undocumented and arrested to repay the state for the cost of incarceration
- authorize the impoundment and sale of vehicles for driving without a license, a revoked license, or while failing to maintain insurance
And like the DACA licenses that caused an uproar a few weeks back, the restricted driver’s permit would be printed in a vertical format with an identifying number and a distinguishing mark. It would bear the card holder’s thumbprint, which could be “electronically readable by properly equipped law enforcement officers and agencies.”
The 25-page bill also clearly spells out that such an identification card would not be considered a valid form of eligibility for voter registration or public benefits.
You can read the full bill here.