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Pell Scholars Honors Program Thesis


Got ID? Having an official form of identification is imperative in the United States for legal, travel and government purposes. The increases in illegal immigration and security concerns in this country have caused officials to evaluate the role of driver’s licenses as forms of identification with legal and illegal immigrants. Traditionally driver’s licenses have been granted to legal citizens only; however, several states have adopted systems making it easier for illegal immigrants to qualify for distinct certificates to drive. This has sparked a national debate regarding the proper use of driver’s licenses as identification. While some believe that granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants will reduce security concerns and keep immigration in check, others argue that granting such certificates will be too costly for the states, are discriminatory in nature and rewards illegal behavior. Therefore, the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal aliens is controversial.