LoBiondo Presses Governor-Elect Corzine to Address Out-of State Vehicle Tags Being Obtained by Illegal Immigrants
December 17, 2005
House Passes Federal Border Security Legislation Which Includes Provision to Deport Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Drunk Driving, Fatal Hit-and-Run Accidents
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) is urging New Jersey Governor-elect Jon Corzine to raise the issue of illegal immigrants obtaining vehicle tags with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. In recent months, a number of fatal hit and run incidents have occurred in Southern New Jersey by suspected illegal immigrants with Pennsylvania-tagged vehicles, who then flee from the scene for fear of discovery and deportation.
"As you may be aware, several communities in Southern New Jersey are having a problem with illegal immigrants driving with Pennsylvania license plates and no automobile insurance. There have been numerous hit and run incidents caused by illegal immigrants who feel they must flee from the scene instead of providing crucial assistance to their victims. Unfortunately, some of these victims sustained fatal injuries," LoBiondo's letter to Governor-elect Corzine read.
In the letter, LoBiondo highlighted the concern across Southern New Jersey, and specifically mentioned calls for action from Bridgeton residents, the city council, and Mayor Michael Pirolli. Additionally, LoBiondo raised the issue with Pennsylvania Congressman Robert Brady (PA-01), presenting him with various newspaper accounts of incidents in Bridgeton and across Southern New Jersey on the issue.
"This problem has been of particular concern to the residents of Bridgeton where Mayor Michael Pirolli has been in touch with your U.S. Senate office as well as local state legislators. While New Jersey drivers are required to show proof of residency to obtain license plates, Pennsylvania does not have a similar requirement. Pennsylvania also does not require this inherently state government function to be performed by state employees, but rather allows it to be undertaken by private entities. As a result, it has become commonplace for people who cannot prove their residency in New Jersey to go to Pennsylvania to get license plates. I urge you to contact Pennsylvania Governor Rendell and encourage him to strengthen Pennsylvania state laws," continued LoBiondo's letter.
On the federal level, late Friday night the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 4437, the "Border Protection, Antiterrorism & Illegal Immigration Control Act," which seeks to strengthen US border security and create stricter citizenship verification standards by employers. The federal legislation - approved with bipartisan support in a vote of 239 to182 - includes a provision that would order the deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of driving while intoxicated or fatal hit-and-run accidents. LoBiondo voted in favor of the bill.