One would repeal requirement to show status for driver's license.
Immigration soon will become a hot topic in Austin as Texas lawmakers consider a handful of bill addressing everything from Secure Communities, E-Verify and one bill that repeal the requirement to show proof of status for a driver's license.
Norm Adams at Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy supports the repeal, adding unauthorized immigrants will drive anyway.
“We need to know they can read our signs in English and we need to require driver's licenses so they can buy insurance, right now they can do neither,” Adams tells KTRH News.
As for the additional requirements under Secure Communities, Adams says its not needed and will only cause additional headaches for an already overcrowded jail system.
“Why take a non-violent defendant and stick him in jail for Lord only knows how long?” asks Adams. “This person is typically the only bread winner in the household, that leaves the family for nothing but welfare rolls.”
Adams also opposes an expanded E-Verify system for state contractors.
“When they are paying taxes and we apply E-Verify with no method for them to become legal, we just force them underground or to work black market,” he says.
Adams says much of what is being discussed should be addressed in Washington, not at the state level.