Am I An Illegal?
I was born at White Cross Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, on June 14, 1943.
And I have a certified White Cross Hospital birth certificate to prove it.
Yet when I went to a Florida Driver’s License bureau to renew my
license, I was told my birth certificate was not valid because it was not
‘state certified’. Now, I’m mostly of English descent, although there is
some mixture of Irish and Native American, and I can tell you that my
emotions were roiling. However, the staid, reserved English emotion
won out, and instead of airing my first impulse, which was to say something
like “Now look here, you old prune-faced bat…..” I more calmly asked “You
mean this certified hospital birth certificate….the one that got me into
schools, and into the military, and different jobs, and even qualified me
for Social Security benefits….you’re telling me that
after 67 years ov use, this certificate is not valid? Does this then mean
that I am not a legal resident of the United States?” To which she
smugly replied….Well, it’s a nice keepsake, but it is no longer valid for
driver’s license purposes. You must have a ‘state issued and state
certified birth certificate before you can renew your license.” She then
directed me to another lady, who gave me an extension on my old
license to cover me until I contacted Ohio for a new birth certificate.
I have since contacted the State of Ohio, and learned it will cost about
$35 and take several weeks to get my new birth certificate. Now, the
real irony of it is this: where are they going to check to verify my
birth…..could it be the White Cross Hospital birth records?
One lady at the bank told me she had to go back 3 times to renew her
driver’s license. First, she had to get a new birth certificate. Then,
when she went in with that, they told her she had to have a copy of
her marriage certificate to show her name change. Then, you guessed
it, her marriage license was not certified by the state, so she had to
apply for a ‘state certified’ marriage license.
I understand the purpose of all this, of course, is to keep illegals from
obtaining driver’s licenses. Which I wholeheartedly agree with. But this
will not stop illegals from driving. I read of two instances within the
past month where illegals caused accidents resulting in the deaths
of the other drivers…..and neither had a driver’s license. The only
sure cure for keeping illegals off the road is to get them out of this
By the way, there’s all this flap about whether Obama is a legal citizen
of the United States, and I understand there’s been hundreds of thousands
of dollars spent by groups on both sides of the issue. How about this: send
President Obama in to renew his driver’s license. If he follows the same
rules as you and I, and qualifies for a new driver’s license, drop the issue
of his citizenship. If he is denied a new driver’s license, boot him out of