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Politics Reminder: Biden flip-flopped on giving illegal immigrants driver's licenses

13:55  06 may  2021
13:55  06 may  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

New Jersey set to open up driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, joining more than a dozen states

  New Jersey set to open up driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, joining more than a dozen states New Jersey will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in offering licenses to non-citizens regardless of legal status.An undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Millville, New Jersey, Torres has gotten several summonses over the years for driving without a license.

In New Jersey, it’s illegal to pump your own gas, but you can legally drive a car even if you’re illegally in the country.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Washington Examiner

New Jersey became one of 16 states in the country to start offering driver's licenses to illegal immigrants at the start of this month. It’s an unpopular idea that 62% of the state’s residents opposed in a 2018 Monmouth University poll and a bad one for a myriad of reasons. It’s also one that President Joe Biden supports — at least, that he supports now.

During Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign, he opposed driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. At a Democratic primary debate in 2007, the moderator asked the candidates if they supported driver's licenses for illegal immigrants. Biden flatly answered, “No,” without any further explanation, drawing some laughter from the audience. And in early 2008, the platform on his campaign website stated, “Senator Biden opposes issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.”

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Good. Incentivizing illegal immigration will only lead to more of it and more of the negative impacts associated with it. Environmentalist Democrats shouldn’t want more gas-powered cars on the roads, emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Not to mention some illegal immigrants are criminals, flooding the labor pool with low-wage earners can hurt the working class by undercutting them and depressing their wages, and illegal immigrants are a net burden to taxpayers.

The old Biden may have agreed with those statements. If the new Biden does, he is ignoring those problems in order to appeal to his base.

Biden told an audience member at a 2019 campaign event that he had a plan to get driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He also said he wanted to “change” the country’s immigration policy fundamentally.

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This isn't Biden's first or even his biggest flip-flop. In one of the more prominent examples of a Biden flip-flop earlier in 2019, he also went from a popular stance to an unpopular one on abortion.

For decades, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal Medicaid funding from paying for elective abortions. However, Biden stopped supporting it in June 2019. Now, his administration wants to repeal a policy that saves the lives of almost 60,000 pre-born babies per year.

Biden wasn’t dumb enough to compare repealing the Hyde Amendment to supporting the troops, like Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, but he made a poor decision. The Hyde Amendment is popular: Fifty-eight percent support it, while 38% oppose it, according to a January Marist/Knights of Columbus poll. Instead, Biden decided to side with the Left over the lives of the unborn and the will of the people.

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Not to mention Biden ran on fiscal responsibility and “kicking deficit spending” in 2008, according to his campaign website. Now, he proposes the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan.

Whether on illegal immigration, abortion, or the national debt, consistency isn’t Biden’s strength. Don’t expect it from him during the rest of this term.

Tom Joyce (@TomJoyceSports) is a political reporter for NewBostonPost in Massachusetts. He is also a freelance writer who has been published in USA Today, the Boston Globe, Newsday, ESPN, the Detroit Free Press, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Federalist, and a number of other outlets.

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Pandemic gives boost as more states move to digital IDs .
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The card that millions of people use to prove their identity to everyone from police officers to liquor store owners may soon be a thing of the past as a growing number of states develop digital driver’s licenses. With the advent of digital wallets and boarding passes, people are relying more on their phones to prove their identity. At least five states have implemented a mobile driver’s license program. Three others — Utah, Iowa and Florida — intend to launch programs by next year, with more expected to follow suit.

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