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Illegal Immigrants and Driving: N.C. Legislature Should Stop Helping Illegal Immigrants Obtain Licenses

posted on in Education (PreK-12), Spending & Taxes

North Carolina makes it very easy for illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Instead of requiring Social Security Numbers to get a license, the state accepts IRS-issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs), even though they primarily are issued to illegal immigrants. To make matters worse, the state does not even require that people prove their lawful status in the country. In 2005, the state’s own auditor warned against accepting ITINs, yet the legislature still has failed to take any action.

Daren Bakst is Senior Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy at the Heritage Foundation. In this position, Bakst studies and writes about agricultural and environmental policy and property rights, among other issues.  He has done extensive work on the farm bill… ...

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