Fran Manzelli, Republican State Committeeman for the Cape Cod & Islands District, today released the following statement regarding committee approval of S.2061. An act relative to work and family mobility- which will authorize the Massachusetts RMV to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants residing in the Commonwealth.
"There are, unfortunately, times when our elected officials prioritize political correctness and pandering for votes over the public safety of the citizens they are sworn to represent. This is one of those times", Manzelli stated. "It is unfortunate that after a 14-4 vote by the Joint Committee on Transportation to advance this bill, it will remain in consideration on Beacon Hill. Documentation from foreign countries, used to establish identification under this bill, is virtually impossible to verify and will lead to new and false identities for persons of nefarious purpose. My thanks extend to the four Republican Senators and Representatives who voted against this bill, and to Governor Charlie Baker who re-stated his opposition."
State Committeeman Manzelli has served in this role for the state Republican Party for 10 years. His tenure has seen the Cape & Islands legislative delegation become a Republican majority delegation with three formerly Democrat seats (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Barnstable) being won by Republican Representatives. He is a retired school administrator and lives in Yarmouth Port with his wife.