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Marty Lamb Hopes to Block Illegal Immigrants From Driving

Mary Lamb announced last week that he will file legislation blocking illegal immigrants from getting drivers licenses.

Submitted by Marty Lamb for State Representative

Marty Lamb, Republican candidate for State Representative in the Eighth Middlesex District, announced that he will file legislation to prohibit the Registry of Motor Vehicles from allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

"Clearly we need much more oversight at the Registry on who can obtain a driver's license. As a father and husband, I'm greatly concerned that the Registry not only originally allowed Onyango Obama to get a license, but they then gave it back to him after pleading guilty to drunk driving. It shows poor judgment and lack of concern for public safety," said Lamb.

Onyango Obama was arrested several months ago for drunk driving. At the time of his arrest, it was publicly revealed that he was an illegal immigrant ordered out of the country more than a decade ago. Two weeks ago he pleaded guilty to drunk driving at the Framingham District Court. After pleading out at the Registry, Obama was given a 'Cinderella's license' to allow him to drive to work.

"I want to know why the incumbent has not issued a statement or called upon the Registry to explain their decision to give him back his license. Where is the concern for public safety? How many times have we seen stories of repeat drunk drivers killing people?" said Lamb. "Furthermore, we need to find out how an illegal immigrant gets a license in the first place. We need a proactive Representative." 

Lamb believes that it is time to pass legislation requiring proof of U.S. citizenship in order to get a Massachusetts driver's license. 

"Let's not forget that it was just 19 months ago that Matthew Denice was tragically killed by an illegal immigrant who was a drunk driver. We need to avoid future tragedies," added Lamb.

Barry April 23, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Marty, it is already illegal for undocumented aliens to obtain driver's licenses. The legislation you're proposing would prohibit something that is already prohibited. What's next - proposing a law that allows us to turn right on red? My Second Amendment-loving friends and I are fond of saying we don't need new gun laws - the existing laws just need to be enforced to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. It is the same thing with aliens here illegally - there are provisions already on the federal books to deport people who shouldn't be here. No new laws needed. What is needed for enforcing those laws, however, is revenue. Someone has to pay the ICE agents to weed out those here illegally. Do you support raising taxes for that, Marty? A more efficient solution, of course, is an amnesty program for workers who came here illegally or overstayed their visa. This way they'll be mainstreamed into society, pay taxes, and yes, even allowed to get driver's liceneses (which means they'll have to pass our tests and know our road rules). To be fair, these are issues that have to be addressed at the federal issue. But Marty, you were a candidate for Congress two years ago. Did you favor amnesty then? Or a tax hike to pay for immigration enforcement? It seems your redundant proposal is about two years too late.
HollistonGuy April 23, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Wouldn't the dollars saved through WIC cards, public defenders, emergency room visits and other services currently used by illiegal aliens pay for the enforcement of the existing laws?
JKelley April 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Clearly Barry didn't read the article. The statement was that we need to look into how Uncle Omar got a license, and then after it was pulled, how he got a "Cinderella" license. Where is the outcry to investigate how the Registry is giving illegals licenses !! Lamb has a great point here. All for it.
MReed April 24, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Rep Dykema has been silent on this. Same with EBT reform. She does nothing. Ilegals should not have drivers licenses. We've seen too much killing of innocent people due to drunk driving. Also, there is wide-spread fraud in the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, and she does nothing. This is a huge waste in taxpayer dollars. Dykema does nothing.
Barry April 24, 2012 at 07:46 PM
JKelley, I did read the article (and just re-read it) and Marty's proposal isn't about so-called Cinderella licenses. This press release is in his own words (or yours, if you wrote it for him): "he will file legislation to prohibit the Registry of Motor Vehicles from allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses." He doesn't reference Cinderella licenses until the bottom of the third paragraph - clearly not that important if he buries it in his own release. Additionally, Cinderella licenses are hardship licenses, and are not limited simply to people here illegally. I don't disagree with Marty's belief (or, very likely, yours too) that undocumented aliens shouldn't be able to get driver's licenses. It's just that they already are prohibited by it. Cinderella liceneses are an entirely different issue - and one Marty should address atop his press release if he feels that strongly. And lastly, drunk drivers of all stripes kill people --whether they are American citizens, legal permanent residents or illegal aliens. Let's not scapegoat a class of people for a widespread public scourge.
JKelley April 25, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Your attempt to confuse, obfuscate, and muddy the waters with Democrat talking points goes nowhere. I'm a veteran and have seen a lot, and I can see through mud, too. I also know when grandchildren throw the bull as well. The point is there no matter how much you try to talk it to death. Illegals should not be getting licenses. Period. Rep. Dykema has done nothing about this. Period. She has shown no concern. Democrats protect illegal aliens. She is against Secure Communities, too. She just wants to keep handing illegals what they should not have, and in this case a license. It's wrong and bad for our safety and my grandchildren's safety.
Barry April 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Thank you for sharing the arch-conservative talking points. Having not turned on Fox News or WRKO in the last hour, I was forgetting exactly what they were. To your point -- undocumented aliens can't get licenses (this, among other things, is what makes them undocumented). Rep. Dykema's time is not being spent well if she tries to outlaw things that are already illegal. The same goes for Marty Lamb. The Obama Administration's Secure Communities is a smart idea that has been ineffectively implemented. While I support it, I don't blame Carolyn for not embracing it until we're sure it actually helps makes all of us more - not less - safe.

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