Licenses for undocumented aliens by Dalia Diaz

Licenses for undocumented aliens

On Tuesday, February 15, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved H-4461, An Act relative to Work and Family Mobility, granting licenses to undocumented aliens this week.  As a “lame duck” Republican – Governor Baker will probably veto the bill merely to say “he tried” to other Republicans which will then be promptly over-ridden by the Legislature.

Although most voters and residents of Massachusetts put far greater need to address many other matters of concern such as face masks to be removed from the students being held “hostage” and vaccine passports to be outlawed, for example, the Massachusetts Legislature sees the “headlights of the oncoming train” of the “red wave” coming in September-November of 2022 and are providing their best assistance to all Democrats running for office this fall – particularly Maura Healy who is currently not very popular.

The “License Bill” will meet up with three other important components of the “election puzzle” needed to guarantee Democrats are elected: Voting registration using the driver’s license, voting by mail, and the Southern Border.

This act shall take effect on July 1, 2023.


Voting registration using the driver’s license

The legislation approved in 2020 that automatically registers as voters all driver license applicants unless they “opt-out” by “checking the box” to stop the automatic provision, has been removed.  A provision that would require licenses issued to “illegal aliens” NOT result in automatic voter registration and will be marked with a notice that the license could not be used as voter identification at the polls.  Section 9 states:

“SECTION 9. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the registrar of motor vehicles, in consultation with the state secretary, shall establish procedures, and may promulgate regulations, to ensure that an applicant for a Massachusetts license pursuant to section 8 of chapter 90 of the General Laws or a learner’s permit pursuant to section 8B of said chapter 90 who does not provide proof of lawful presence shall not be automatically registered to vote pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as codified in 52 U.S.C. chapter 205, or any general or special law.”

It seems that knowledgeable legislators favored allowing the licenses issued to the new class of auto operators to use their license as an ID at the polls which is required of all first-time registered voters at their first appearance.  The Legislature also removed provisions in the draft bill that would require the RMV to provide a list of people issued licenses to City/Town Clerk under this law which removes any ability of local Cities and Towns to determine voter eligibility if illegal aliens were registered to vote in error or otherwise.

In short, there is no way to determine the eligibility of any voter based on a Massachusetts drivers’ license when it is used as identification.  Even worse, Massachusetts Law does not require a voter to provide any form of identification in any election after the first time a voter appears unless the voter is “inactive” which does not require a picture ID to vote.

Census bureau

The 2020 presidential election featured record turnout and record use of nontraditional voting methods, according to the “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2020” report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report builds on detailed tables released last year. It’s based on data from the 2020 Current Population Survey (CPS) Voting and Registration Supplement, and highlights patterns in voter turnout over time among the citizen voting-age population (CVAP).

More voters (154.6 million) turned out for the presidential election in 2020 than in 2016 (137.5 million), the largest increase between consecutive presidential elections since the inception of the CPS voting supplement in 1964.


Vote by Mail

The Massachusetts Legislature is poised to approve the emergency “Vote by Mail” provisions of the COVID pandemic to be a permanent method of voting.  The “emergency voting provisions” are slated to expire on May 1, 2022, with pending legislation expected prior to that date.  In my opinion, “vote by mail” provides an obvious path to “fraud” that has not been available to politicians and voters until the opportunity provided by the 2020 COVID pandemic.

Whether or not anyone believes the many “stories” about “ballot stuffing”, voters never receiving ballots, voters never returning ballots, ballots returned by “candidates” (as a gesture of kindness), or any other the myriad of fraudulent means to vote that “voting by mail” brings, that this manner of voting is the most vulnerable and easiest method of voting susceptible to massive fraud and disenfranchisement – particularly within the “inactive voter” status.  It should be understood that before “vote by mail” the ability to execute voter fraud existed – but could be managed and “found” and punished when detected.

The “vote by mail” system in place creates so many permutations of fraud that are only limited by a limited imagination of those who are election experts.  More importantly, Election Administrators are limited in their authorized ability to enforce election laws even when detected.  As with all other new methods of voting and administration, it is apparent that the added responsibility to administer and “police” vote by mail will be the duty of local election officials without additional staff or means to enforce its provisions effectively.

“Vote by mail” should be allowed to die with the COVID emergency and banned from all US Elections.


The Southern Border

Anyone who has a pulse is aware that approximately 2.5 million illegal aliens have entered the US via the Southern Border over the past years due to policies of “non-enforcement” of immigration laws.  Details concerning the settlement distribution of the new residents throughout the US are not available to the public from the Department of Homeland Security.  As a result, there is no way to know how many illegal aliens have arrived in any State (including Massachusetts).

It is also unclear whether or not any of the new residents even know about the new Massachusetts licensing law that will provide them the ability to obtain driver’s licenses.  The details of how the law operates are probably not known either.  It is more likely that all new residents arriving in Massachusetts will be provided an application to obtain a driver’s license wherever they apply for benefits from the Department of Transitional Assistance Offices.

The DTA and the RMV are the two agencies authorized to report newly registered voters in Massachusetts.  It is not known if any of the employees of either agency are aware that only US Citizens are allowed to vote – certainly, the recent licensing scandals of the RMV seem to indicate serious problems directly related to “insufficient staffing” and “unlawful operation” by its employees (which include State Police Officers).

In short, there is no “regulatory oversight” provided in the new bill or that exists in the current legal structure.  A range of illegality and fraud can be reasonably expected absent any plan to implement and oversee the operation of the new licensing bill.

Moreover, it is obvious that Municipal Election Officials, including poll workers, have not been provided with the necessary tools or authority to implement or enforce the limits of the new licensing bill – current election laws are incongruous with the new bill to assure that misfeasance and/or malfeasance does not occur.

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