U.S. State Of Tennessee Stops Issuing Driving Certificates To Illegal
By Lucas L. Johnson II | Associated Press
February 24, 2006
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - Tennessee stopped issuing driving certificates
to illegal immigrants Friday so it can reassess the program, state Safety
Commissioner Jerry Nicely said.
The program was intended to improve driving safety by making sure immigrants
living in the state knew the rules of the road. But recent federal
investigations found that the certificates had drawn illegal immigrants from
hundreds of miles away.
"This program was a good idea in theory, but there have been issues with
implementation," Nicely said. "I want to give it a thorough review to ensure
we're doing what's best for Tennesseans."
He said the program is being temporarily suspended until a study of it can
be completed. In the meantime, non-citizens who can prove they are in the
country legally will be allowed to get the certificates.