The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing a case brought forth arguing that it is an illegal aliens constitutional right to have a drivers license if they pass the required tests. How they figure a non-citizen has any constitutional rights is beyond me and the story is appalling.
Des Moines Register
"Undocumented aliens have the right under equal protection to the licenses," said Curt Daniels, who represents "Juan and Maria Sanchez," fictitious names for a married Mexican couple who have been in the country illegally for five years.
The couple contend that the law allows the Department of Transportation to let them take the test, and to issue them licenses.
Daniels' claim Thursday opened a hearing that stemmed from Polk County District Judge Joel Novak's decision a year ago to throw the couple's case out of court.
Mark Hunacek, an assistant attorney general, told the justices that illegal immigrants have no legal right to drive - and the law plainly says so.
"The legal issues are not controversial," he said. "There is simply no authority anywhere in any jurisdiction, state or federal, where there is such a constitutional right."
The arguments caught the attention of Republican legislators at the Statehouse.
"I think it's wrong to give people privileges that a U.S. citizen has when you're not a U.S. citizen," said Senate Republican Leader Stewart Iverson of Dows. "I can't go to any other country in the world and say, 'Oh, I am living here illegally. Will you give me a driver's license?'"
At least there's some sane individuals in Iowa fighting this ridiculous item. The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling sometime this spring. I'll of course be waiting for their answer.