Summit Daily letters: Reaction to Morgan Liddick’s column on immigrants and driver’s licenses
Liddick’s most recent column regarding drivers licenses is, as expected, filled with bias and inaccuracies. I began working with individuals applying for a driver’s license under the Colorado SB251 program in June of 2017. Though the SB251 program is mostly identified as providing licenses for undocumented individuals, it in fact also provides license access to individuals who are temporarily legally present in the United States. Since June, I’ve worked with approximately 50 people seeking these licenses, and they have been, without exception, extremely grateful for the opportunity, though the process is, in my opinion, overly expensive, difficult, and onerous.
The SB251 program is, by law, self funded, so individuals applying for these licenses pay approximately three times the amount that you or I would pay. And one requirement for application is to acquire an Individual Tax Identification Number, which to obtain, requires filing U.S. and Colorado income taxes.
This program, which costs Colorado tax payers nothing, allows documented and undocumented individuals the ability to legally drive a vehicle, to be quickly and accurately identified in case of a driving violation or accident, and also to meet the legal requirement to obtain auto insurance. Any individual, regardless of documentation, cannot obtain auto insurance without a drivers license. Sheriff Joe Pelle, Boulder County, has this to say about the program: “This bill is good for all the motoring public, not just the recipient of the license.”
When will the Syrian genocide ever end?
The genocide in Syria continues unabated and unstoppable. There is no country on Earth that is willing to step up and control the criminal execution of the Syrian people. The United Nations once again displays its utter impotency. The cruelty of the Assad regime reflects yet another Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Myanmar. We can call out, “Never Again!” but it is a futile gesture. If the United States refuses to step up and step in, then the Assad regime, the Russians, Iranians and their proxies, foremost of which is Hezbollah; and the Turks will oversee the abject slaughter of thousands and thousands of more innocents. It ought to lay heavy on our consciences, but I doubt that most Americans are giving this mass murder a second thought.
Rabbi Joel R. Schwartzman
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