Ron DeSantis Invalidates Licenses Issued to Undocumented Migrants

Ron DeSantis Invalidates Licenses Issued to Undocumented Migrants

( – The Florida Governor’s Office issued a press release on July 5, providing a list of invalid out-of-state driver’s licenses issued to undocumented immigrants. On May 10, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed SB 1718 on May 10, which prohibited the use of those licenses within the Sunshine State. Under the new law’s provisions, officials must maintain a database of out-of-state licenses that are no longer recognized and issue citations to offenders who continue to attempt to use them.

The changes require certain hospitals to investigate immigration status when admitting new patients, demand repayment of economic incentives paid to employers who have undocumented individuals on their payroll, add possible suspension or revocation of licenses for businesses that violate the new law, and impose criminal penalties on illegal residents who attempt to provide false documentation. “[Q]ualifying offender[s]” caught attempting to use invalidated licenses must also submit to DNA testing.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released its list of affected endorsements, which allow limited driving privileges to illegal immigrants in five states: Delaware, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Hawaii. Invalidated licenses include text such as “Not For Federal Identification,” “Driving Privilege Only,” “Limited Purpose Provisional Driver’s License,” “Driver Privilege Card,” and “Not for REAL ID Purposes Learner’s Privilege Card.” The department noted that the list would receive periodic updates, so more states could soon find themselves included.

DeSantis spoke out about the new law and its enforcement. He stated that an individual who is in the county “illegally and has violated our laws” by being here “should not possess a [valid] government-issued ID.” He noted that such documentation opens the doors for unlawful residents to gain services through the state, and he promised that regardless of the Biden administration’s failings on the federal level, Florida would “stand for the rule of law.”

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