No, absolutely not. Take it from someone who was brought to this country illegally as a child and grew up knowing this segment of our society pretty well. Regardless of the intent of the law, no one, I mean no one will stop driving because they don't have a driver's license. People will not go back to their country of origin or move to another state just because they don't have one. Come on, do you really think it would bother someone who risked his life walking on the desert for 3-4 days to get here?
Here is what will happen if legal residency becomes a requirement to obtain a driver's license. First, this political gimmick will just get politicians elected for their "tough stance" on illegal immigration. Second, it'll push more people to drive without auto insurance, thus increasing the risk for everyone (no driving tests). Third, it'll drive thousands of people further underground generating a new industry in our state, fake driver licenses. Fourth, it will increase identity fraud. Last, it will deny law enforcement of legitimate records they can use to find people and solve crimes.
Instead of dreaming up gimmicks that only serve to get people elected, let's pass realistic immigration laws that address all concerns.
-- Ruben Peralta, Pasco