U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today said they are backing legislation that opposes issuing state driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants residing in the United States.
The Senate resolution, authored by Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman, would make it the official position of the Senate that states which issue government identification to illegal immigrants are disrespecting and disregarding federal immigration laws. The measure also states that these actions present a national security risk and enable election fraud.
“Giving illegal immigrants valid government-issued IDs defies common sense and undermines the rule of law,” Alexander said.
“Tennessee has already taken steps to ensure illegal immigrants are not able to get a government-issued ID, and I hope other states will follow our example,” Corker said.
The resolution also is cosponsored by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mel Martinez (R-FL), Johnny Isakson, (R-GA), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Trent Lott (R-MS), David Vitter (R-LA), and Richard Burr (R-NC), Kit Bond (R-MO), James Inhofe (R-OK), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC).
The Coleman legislation has been introduced as both a freestanding resolution as well as an amendment to the Farm Bill that is currently being debated in the Senate. Alexander and Corker are cosponsoring both efforts. Iowa Congressman Tom Latham has introduced identical legislation in the House of Representatives.