Daily Outrage: No immigration proof for New Mexico drivers’ license 

WHAT: Jaroslaw Kowalczyk, 32, of Chicago was arrested for allegedly driving two illegal immigrants to New Mexico to take advantage of the state’s absurdly lax drivers’ license regulations. He is charged with placing an ad in a Polish language newspaper charging $1,000 for the service.

HOW: The ad promised “Social Security not necessary. 100 percent guarantee.” Kowalczyk reportedly told investigators he was paid $150 for each person brought to New Mexico and the remaining $850 went to a human smuggling boss who paid for all his work expenses.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: New Mexico is one of four states — along with Hawaii, Utah and Washington — where no proof of immigration status is required for a driver’s license. ICE agents report “a significant number” of recent fraud arrests in Albuquerque, N.M., involving undocumented citizens seeking licenses.

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