52 Arrested In Scheme Selling Fla. Commercial Drivers Licenses
WASHINGTON — Thousands of illegal immigrants have obtained driver's licenses in three states, federal authorities said Thursday, highlighting a security hole that the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited.
Three employees of Florida's motor vehicles agency were among 52 people arrested in a bribery scam that put driver's licenses in the hands of at least 2,000 illegal immigrants, officials said. The case, announced Thursday, follows similar arrests in Michigan and Maryland over the past week.
"With a valid driver's license, you establish an identity," said Michael Garcia, assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department.
"There's no way to identify whether that identity is valid — that you're not on a terrorist watch list, that you're not a criminal. It gives you a bona fide," said Garcia, who heads the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that coordinated the arrests.
He said the cases do not appear to be related and there was no evidence of any terrorist connection.
"What we're looking at is the vulnerability and potential here, and we want to make sure that avenue isn't open to criminals or people posing a threat to our national security," he said.
Thousands of illegal immigrants in three states have obtained driver's licenses, according to the feds. Authorities arrested suspects in three states (Maryland, Michigan and Florida) this past week who were improperly giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
This problem is getting way out of hand highlighting the need for the Congress to finally pass the Real ID Act and get it implemented right away. This was a key provision of the 9/11 Commission Report last year. The House has acted. Now the Senate must.
The 9/11 hijackers, among them, had 63 different driver's license. That is crazy!