Yes, absolutely. Driving is a privilege, not a right and should be reserved for legal, responsible residents. The driver's license is a key piece of photo ID that opens the door to many other opportunities, such as credit cards, loans, health care etc., not only in Washington, but in other states. Thus, Washington could be inadvertently facilitating illicit use of license-obtained privileges in this and other states. Only those who are legal, responsible, taxpaying residents should have access to such opportunities.
License fees help pay for road construction and maintenance as well as public safety. A major issue with immigration is access to free or reduced-cost housing, food and health care which should be available only to responsible, taxpaying residents, and a driver's license opens the door.
Not only should a driver's license be limited to legal residents, but applicants also should have to demonstrate proficiency in English in both written and oral form, as that is the basis of our legal and regulatory system and is the way we communicate in our communities.
Washington is one of only four states that license nonlegal residents. This practice must stop. There's no such thing as a "free lunch" and a driver's license starts the process to obtain too many benefits which should be available to taxpaying, legal residents only. Licenses to legals only. In short, no pay, no play.
-- Joseph Caggiano, Richland