ADL Heartland Letter to Election and Elected Official Committee Chair, Rep. Dan Shaul, Regarding HB 1107

  • April 10, 2019

In a letter to Rep. Dan Shaul, Chair of the Election and Elected Official Committee, ADL Heartland expressed strong opposition to HB 1107 which would require a “distinguishing mark” placed on the license and State ID of all citizens.


April 8, 2019

Representative Dan Shaul

Missouri House of Representatives

201 West Capitol Avenue

Room 207-A

Jefferson City, MO 65101

 

RE: HB 1107

Dear Rep. Shaul,

On behalf of the ADL Heartland (Anti-Defamation League), I write to note for the record our concern and strong opposition to HB 1107.  The proposal seeks to add “a distinguishing mark on the front of the license or state ID card that specifies the individual is a ‘citizen’”.  Our objection remains the same as in 2016 when a similar bill was introduced.  The proposed language invokes memories of the yellow star/badge that Jews were forced to wear beginning in 1938 in Nazi Germany.  It was “special treatment”, and it was one of many tactics that resulted in separation, isolation, delegitimization and eventual dehumanization.

The ADL has spent 106 years fighting the idea of “the other” and challenging the assertions that people who are different must somehow be “less than” the mainstream.  We simply cannot stand by and watch as Missouri legislates fear and bias.

Representative McGaugh wishes to ensure only US citizens vote in elections, however, that goal can be accomplished without implementing a process from which discriminatory and “othering” practices are likely to follow.  Driver licenses and State issued ID’s are used on daily basis for multiple reasons.  If the Legislature requires a “distinguishing mark on the front of the card”, non-citizens may likely encounter more discrimination as a regular occurrence due to the lack of the “distinguishing mark”.  Therefore, we stand in strong opposition to HB 1107.

Please do not hesitate to contact me office if there is any way I can be of assistance on this or any other matter in the future.

Sincerely,

Karen Aroesty

Regional Director

ADL Heartland