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Dear Editor:
My concern is for the effect of state regulations requiring that all persons applying for a driver's license, or a renewal, must present a valid social security card. Since the 9-11 tragedy, well-intentioned but perhaps misguided lawmakers have put into effect this regulation as a security measure. Actually, it does nothing to increase homeland security. What it may well do is to put millions of drivers on our roads without driver's licenses and without liability insurance. These drivers are the undocumented workers who drive cars and, until now, have had valid licenses. These drivers now have two alternatives: 1. To drive illegally without a driver's license and with no liability insurance. Or, 2. To obtain a driver's license by the presentation of a fraudulent social security card (and, perhaps, have liability insurance). Question: Is a license obtained with a fraudulent card a valid license? I propose a third alternative: That the states issue a driver's license to a non-citizen provided he has passed the prerequisites to obtain (or renew) it, but that such an issued license have on its face stamped in bold letters, non-citizen. This non-citizen driver's license would assure that all drivers on our roadways are qualified drivers with liability insurance but would in no way identify the person as a legal resident of this country. My alternative has the added benefit that the undocumented worker, if he wants a legal driver's license, must come forward and voluntarily identify himself.

Richard E. Baer



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