More than 50 illegal immigrants marched on the Massachusetts State House yesterday demanding that they are granted driver's licenses. Pending legislation would allow immigrants to receive a driver's license even if they are unable to prove they are in the country legally.

The licenses would not be REAL ID compliant and could not be used for air travel or to access federal buildings.

Organizers say their four-day march from Framingham to Boston was to call attention to the sacrifices made by migrants seeking to enter the United States. The group did not invite politicians to address their rally, saying neither party has been supportive of them or their needs.

The sad part of all of this is that there are those on Beacon Hill and beyond who support this movement. The thought that somehow these immigrants who are in the country illegally are somehow being shortchanged of their rights is mind baffling, but they do have some political support.

Anyone who enters the United States illegally should not be rewarded with a driver's license from any state. Period. The thought that they would march on the State House while making demands to the taxpaying citizens of the Commonwealth is a whole other level of outrageous.

The Massachusetts legislature needs to make quick work of these bills by dispatching them to the trash heap where they belong.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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