Governor Tony Evers’ proposal to provide driver’s licenses and state identification cards to undocumented immigrants is getting support from law enforcement personnel like Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski. Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature have come out and said it should not be a budget item as it currently stands and addressed fears it could be used for voting. Governor Evers argued during his budget address that giving undocumented immigrants the identification cards could make the roads and communities safer. Joski says he has been fighting for similar measures to be passed over the last decade, saying people should put the political rhetoric aside when looking at the issue.
Joski reiterated the cards should not open the door for entitlements or voting rights because they still would not be considered legal citizens. Twelve states and Washington D.C. have laws on the book allowing undocumented immigrants the ability to have an identification card or driver’s license.