DA's call for no driver's licenses for 'illegal aliens' gets little attention in Palmer

No discussion, no action

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Palmer Township officials heard a plea Tuesday night not to endorse the idea of giving driver's licenses or any kind of ID cards to "illegal aliens" from Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, but township supervisors took no action and quickly moved on to other business.

Morganelli's appeal came in a letter to Police Chief Larry Palmer.

It was read by chairman David Colver.

Morganelli's letter came in the wake of a recent move by Easton City Council to endorse pending legislation in Harrisburg that would allow undocumented residents to obtain Pennsylvania driver's licenses, a point Morganelli pointed out in his letter to Palmer.

Just as worrisome, Morganelli noted, is a report that Allentown is considering giving identification cards to "illegal aliens," a move said to be supported by some police officers.  

Morganelli said he is strongly opposed to permitting people who "are illegally in the country to integrate themselves by obtaining state issued and or municipal issued valid identification cards."

"You may recall that the terrorists who blew up the World Trade Center and killed thousands of Americans all used fraudulent driver's licenses to launder money, get on planes and give themselves cover from their criminal activity," Morganelli said. "The fact is that a driver's license is a ticket into the American mainstream."

The supervisors did not discuss Morganelli's letter and they took no stance on the legislation pending in Harrisburg that Easton endorsed and sparked an ongoing, heated response from Morganelli.

In other business, the supervisors listened to residents of South Watson Street who said their neighborhoods turn into sheets of running water that are like rivers whenever there is a heavy rain.

Some said the problems seems to be exacerbated by some property owners who do not have curbs.

Colver said the township will map out what the causes of the water problems are and discuss possible solutions at its Aug. 26 meeting.

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