- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Immigrant-rights activists are angry about a bill requiring illegal immigrants to hand over their driver’s licenses for driving “privilege” cards. One even compared the legislation to the marking of Jews during the Holocaust.

The card, according to the bill passed last week by the Legislature, could not be used as identification to board a plane, open a bank account or obtain a driver’s license in another state. It would have to be renewed annually and would be a different color from Utah’s blue driver’s license and be printed with the words “For driving privileges only — Not valid for identification.”

Hundreds of activists and immigrants quietly demonstrated at the Capitol while legislators debated and passed the proposal. Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., a Republican, is expected to sign the bill, modeled after legislation passed in Tennessee last year.

Sen. Curtis Bramble, a Republican and the bill’s sponsor, said the measure closes a “portal” for illegal immigrants to acquire documents and the trappings of citizenship. It “solves all those problems” of homeland security, he said.


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