Frankly, it is a bit surprising to me that Colorado state law doesn't already mandate that cars driven by unlicensed/uninsured drivers must be immediately seized.
I don't want people who have not passed a driving test, have a revoked license and/or do not have insurance to be on the same road with me or anyone else. Individuals who so blatantly endanger the safety of others should pay a high price -- temporary or permanent loss of their vehicle sounds appropriate.
To frame this proposal as somehow really about illegal immigration is ... well ... this is why the folks opposing this initiative are often ridiculed as the "loony left".
I'm progressive, I'm to the left of center to be sure -- but I don't see racist bug-a-boos behind every initiative that seeks to punish violators of the law.
As explained in the news article below, this ballot measure sounds like a pretty good idea. The Denver City Council and "We Believe Colorado" have let extreme political ideology trump common sense and public safety ... pretty loony.
A coalition of religious leaders on Monday announced its opposition to a Denver ballot measure that would require police to impound vehicles of unlicensed drivers.
"We Believe Colorado," an interfaith group challenging the political agenda of social conservatives and the religious right, was joined by the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver and Councilman Paul Lopez in urging a "no" vote on Denver Initiative 100. The group announced its opposition Monday afternoon on the steps of Denver's City and County Building.
The Rev. Andrew Simpson, vice president of the Colorado Council of Churches, called the measure "dehumanizing," a return to racial and ethnic profiling that promises protection against uninsured drivers while stirring up hatred.
The initiative requires police to impound the cars of people driving without a license, and requires the driver to post a $2,500 bond to get it back. Backers say it is intended to get people without licenses or insurance off the road. Opponents believe it is a thinly-veiled effort to target illegal immigrants, who are not legally allowed to hold a driver's license.