A new Maryland law granting drivers licenses to immigrants who live in the country illegally may officially be on the books but at least one state legislator continues to rail against it.
Del. Patrick McDonough, R-Baltimore, said the law is the prime example of how “the General Assembly is so infected with the illegal alien advocates that the people of Maryland are just shut out and have no voice whatsoever.”
Drivers applying for the license so-called second-tier license will need to show some form of identification, such as a birth certificate or passport. They will also have to pass both a written and driving exam and provide two-years of state income tax filings, according to the Associated Press.
“The Maryland General Assembly is a pro-illegal alien advocacy group,” McDonough said. “This is a tragedy and they’ve made Maryland the Disneyland of America for illegal aliens.”
McDonough said he believes the state is less safe because of the law but erroneously invoked the name of a 911 terrorist to make his point.
“I don’t think the roads are safer,” McDonough said during an phone interview where he was vacationing in Florida. “The Real ID Act makes it clear we don’t want to give IDs to people who are hear without lawful presence. Maryland is a target-rich environment for terrorists. Mohamed Atta got his drivers license in Maryland he was leader of the [9/11 terrorist] group.”
Actually, Atta’s driver’s license was issued in Florida. Another 9/1 terrorist, Ziad S. Jarrah, was involved in a traffic stop in Maryland just days before the attacks. Jarrah’s license was issued in Virginia, according to CNN.com.
McDonough said he expects the legislature to consider a bill that would prohibit police in Maryland from checking the immigration status of people who are arrested.
“It’s just another law that says the door is open and the welcome mat is out for illegal aliens,” McDonough said.