Scams, slowness plague first week of license rollout
A week since the roll out of the program to license the undocumented and not everybody is pleased with it. Some say it’s taking too long to get going. But the slow start isn’t the only thing that has people concerned, scams have popped up.
The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has already issued 4,500 appointments for people to begin the process. The agency is taking it slow. It is aware that the rest of the country is watching to see how Illinois handles a very controversial plan.
Rosa Gonzalez started calling a week ago but hasn’t been able to secure an appointment. She is among thousands, possibly as many as 250,000 in Illinois hoping to get a temporary license which is now being offered to the undocumented.
Some lawmakers argue licensed drivers make roads safer.
Right now six states are offering the licenses. Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington are among them. California is still developing its plan. Organizers are also teaching the undocumented about scams, charging for appointments or a fee for the rules of the road booklet which is normally obtained free of charge.
Lizveth Mendezz with the Illinois Attorney General’s office says, “Illinois residents don’t have to pay for that. They also do not have to pay to make an appointment. There’s also nothing that can be done to expedite the process.”
While that warning is being issued, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is planning to open ten other locations to address the demand. They think by January the program will be fully operational.