Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts, just blocked a bill from Democrats that would have allowed illegal immigrants residing within the state to obtain driver’s licenses, CBS News reports.
The bill is known as H 4805. It would have allowed the state’s tens of thousands of illegal immigrants – roughly 60,000 in total – to obtain state-issued driver’s licenses despite not having the ability to verify their identities.
H 4805 easily passed through the Massachusetts legislature, where Democrats have wide margins in both chambers. It made it through the state house by a vote of 118 to 36, and it made it through the state senate by a vote of 32 to 8.
After that, the bill was sent to Baker’s desk.
Baker wasted no time in vetoing the bill.
Baker argued that the bill “significantly increases the risk that noncitizens will be registered to vote.” He explained that the bill “restricts the Registry’s ability to share citizenship information with those entities responsible for ensuring that only citizens register for and vote in our elections.”
Breitbart News reports that Baker’s concerns about the bill are not groundless. The outlet writes:
Indeed, in states that allow illegal aliens to secure driver’s licenses, many have gone on to show up on the voter rolls. In California, where illegal aliens have been allowed to obtain driver’s licenses since 2015, voter fraud has become common across the state.
Breitbart goes on to give the example of 2018, when California’s “Department of Motor Vehicles admitted that it had registered 1,500 non-eligible voters, including noncitizens, over the course of just six months.”
It’s not final yet
Massachusetts’s legislature now has the option to override Baker’s veto. All that is needed is two-thirds of each chamber.
Given the wide margins that the Democrats have in Massachusetts, a veto override is likely.
House Speaker Ron Mariano (D) released a statement, saying:
The House will override this veto. In addition to increasing safety on our roads for all drivers, this legislation recognizes the essential role our immigrant neighbors play in our society and economy by ensuring that everyone has access to a driver’s license.
A vote to override Baker’s veto is scheduled to take place on June 8.