Mystery solved on number of illegals with Ga. driver’s licenses

By D.A. King, Insider Advantage Georgia ( a subscription website), October 20, 2017

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The bottom line: DDS answered a question that was not asked.

I wrote here recently that the federal authorities’ stats on the number of illegals living in Georgia with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty status was wildly different from what Georgia’s Department of Driver’s Services (DDS) told state Sen. Josh McKoon had been issued a state driver’s license.

We have solved part of that mystery.

USCIS put out a report on September 4, saying there are 21,600 DACA recipients in Georgia. DDS responded to an inquiry from McKoon that they had issued more than 48,000 drivers licenses to DACA winners. As I wrote, the intention was to create some interest in the disparity– and the fact that DACA illegal aliens are issued the same driver’s license as legal immigrants and guest workers.

To my knowledge, neither the Georgia mainstream media nor most in state government were curious enough to pursue this one. So we did.

The bottom line: DDS answered a question that was not asked.

The question from McKoon: “How many drivers licenses were issued to aliens with DACA since July 1, 2012 as of July 31, 2017? How many ID Cards, same time frame?”

The answer from DDS: “a query of our main frame on August 7-8, based on your request, reflects that DDS has issued 48,935 drivers licenses and 8,705 Georgia ID cards to non-citizens who are under DACA status where the SAVE response code was 188 (DACA -Employment Authorized).”

Seems pretty clear here. But it’s not. When nobody else did, we asked Susan Sports, DDS Public Information Officer about the difference.

Her October 13 reply:

“The numbers reported were in response to a very specific request. Our numbers include the number of issuances over a span of five years to DACA recipients which also includes multiple issuances to individuals who may have sought renewals, address changes, or replacement for lost licenses. Therefore our numbers would naturally differ from USCIS because we have measured our numbers by issuance events. I hope this is helpful.”

It is helpful. But the DDS original answer was to a question that was not asked and the cause of the confusion.

D.A. King is the president of the Dustin Inman Society.

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