The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is shelling out $40,000 to an illegal alien because staff tipped off federal authorities about his status.

DMV staff helped to coordinate a meeting with Abdel Rababa, of Jordan, that resulted in his arrest by federal immigration officials in 2014, Vermont Public Radio reports.

VermontDMV“DMV staff tipped off federal authorities that they had doubts about Rababa’s residency status after a paperwork mistake by the department made it appear that Rababa had claimed to be a legal resident,” according to the news site.

The case centered on a Vermont law enacted in 2014 that allows illegal immigrants to obtain “driver’s privilege cards” that allow them on the roads legally.

“If you then take actions such as DMV took in this case based on an individual’s national origin, you are essentially eviscerating the intent of the law that the legislature created,” Karen Richards, head of the Vermont Human Rights Commission, told VPR.

“One of the problems in this case was that they rolled out this new law and they didn’t actually provide any training or policy changes for their staff, and so staff was left without the tools necessary to actually implement it correctly.”

The DMV must now pay Rababa $40,000 as part of a settlement, and the department must also start training employees on “fair and impartial policing and on other immigration and constitutional issues that should help avoid having this unnecessary contact with federal law enforcement,” Richards said.

In other words, DMV employees should get the message that Vermont protects illegal immigrants from federal authorities, and that should encourage more illegal immigrants to apply for the special “privilege cards.”

“I think the one thing that I was also concerned about is that having a situation like Mr. Rababa’s could have a chilling effect on other people that wanted to go and get this identification, which is really important to people for a lot of different reasons,” Richards told VPR.

“So I’m hoping that because of this case, individuals who go to apply will not experience the same thing that Mr. Rababa did.”

According to

… (A) total of 12 states plus the District of Columbia allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. These 12 states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

The typical requirements to obtain such a license include that the applicant provide proof of identity and nationality, most likely in the form of a foreign birth certificate, foreign passport, or consular card; as well as proof of current residency in the state. Applicants may also need to provide proof that they pay federal and state income taxes.

Not all of these states follow the California model of saying the license is for driving purposes only and cannot be used to prove identity in other contexts. Also, some states have the cards expire long before a citizen’s card would, such as after one year.

The issue has also brought lawsuits from immigration-rights groups that have argued states that rejected the idea of driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants are racist.

In Oregon, SB 883 created driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants but voters killed the idea at the ballot box, with 66 percent voting against it. Nonprofit groups Familias En Accion and Los Ninos Cuentan sued numerous state officials and argued that the vote “arbitrarily and irrationally” prevented illegal immigrants from driving because it was motivated by racism, Breitbart reports.

The groups argued the vote was a “desire to punish” illegal immigrants, and that “it is not a crime for a person to seek or engage in unauthorized work in the United States,” according to the news site.

  • GrammieBurgess

    Vote TRUMP….fix stupid.

    • alinla56

      You mean REWARD stupid.

      • Stuck_in_Ca

        Please Al, tell me what about this, “The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles is shelling out $40,000 to an
        illegal alien because staff tipped off federal authorities about his
        status” makes sense to you?

        I can’t wait.

        • alinla56

          40 grand?

          That’s more than you made n the last five years…COMBINED!!!

          Thanks for bringing that to my attention. It is prompting me to re-evaluate my political position….(give me a moment)….


          I still say Trump is a disgusting unqualified piece of loathsome filth who has no much business being president.

          • Stuck_in_Ca

            All that and you still didn’t answer the question. Never change Al.

          • Mogumbo Gono

            Anal56 is another parrot who obeys the mainstream media:

            Trump, BA-A-A-A-A-D…

            Hillary, G-O-O-O-O-D.

            Keep head-nodding and breathing thru your mouth, Parrot.

            The rest of us will consider the evidence, and make rational decisions. We don’t need the nightly news anchor-babe to tell us how to think.

            And ya know what? I think Trump is a stand-up guy.

          • Gladius

            Should an illegal alien get a driver’s license?? That is the question….No is the answer…

          • alinla56

            Only if they pass the road test.

      • GrammieBurgess

        anal56….nope. I had it right.

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  • gbear

    Vermont is it’s own punishment.

  • Wolf

    Darwin at work. The stupid in America is going to get the rest of us killed.

  • ocean

    Illegal aliens are Foreign Nationals. These
    Foreign Nationals are criminals because they
    have illegally entered the USA.

  • ocean

    Crooked Hillary Clinton and Democrat politicians will not
    defend the USA against invading criminal Foreign Nationals.
    Rally behind Trump.

  • ocean

    Rich Global elites want cheap labor.
    The cheap labor is called illegal aliens.
    Rally behind Trump.

  • dcnj

    “The case centered on a Vermont law enacted in 2014 that allows illegal
    immigrants to obtain “driver’s privilege cards” that allow them on the
    roads legally.”

    I N S A N E

  • John Centonze

    No, the DMV isn’t shelling out $40,000.00. All Vermont taxpayers are shelling out $40,000.00.
    Hey taxpayers, how does it feel to take in the ear(or elsewhere) again?