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Illegal immigrants should be deported, not granted driver's licenses

Before lawmakers in Annapolis propose legislation, they should know what they are talking about ("Senate approves two-tier licenses," March 26).

Prince George's County Democrat Del. Jolene Ivey introduced the House version of a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain Maryland driver's licenses by calling it a "safety issue."

"I want to know they have car insurance, that they know not to flee when they're getting pulled over or in an accident," she said.

First, car insurance is not required to get a license. Second, most people without a license don't try to flee, they try to talk their way out of the situation with some stupid excuse. I know this from my own experience of stopping people on numerous occasions when I was a police officer in Baltimore City.

The better solution is to require illegal immigrants to speak English so they can read the road signs. If they are caught driving without a license, they should be deported. Driving is a privilege, not a constitutional right.

Ms. Ivey needs to go back and read the current laws before attempting to introduce new legislation.

J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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