Paula McKelvey, 56, is facing multiple charges for allegedly providing identification cards and driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. According to an arrest warrant, the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division acted on information about McKelvey who, as a government employee, issued the documents to Mexican immigrants. According to the state, she issued at least 17 licenses and 8 identification cards between November 14, 2016 and February 8, 2018,  to immigrants living here illegally. 

McKelvey, a resident of West Monroe, Louisiana, who was employed by Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles, reportedly told troopers during an April 12 interview that she had improperly issued driver's licenses. According to official documents, McKelvey did not check applicants’ passports for a required immigration stamp and said most of the illegal aliens did not have required I-94 arrival/departure, forms. The warrant also states that she did not check the aliens through the federal SAVE system —  the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program. 

McKelvey admitted, according to the warrant, that some of the aliens did not provide required documentation, such as an out-of-state driver's license. They provided instead a license number that she permitted to be entered on the application forms the aliens signed in order to qualify for a driver's license. If McKelvey would have checked the numbers through the provided databases, according to the report, she would have noted that the numbers provided were false. 

McKelvey was taken to the Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of malfeasance in office and injuring public records. On June 14, bail was set at $4,000, allowing her release.

Louisiana allows residents to register to vote through the Office of Motor Vehicles. According to the agency's website, "You can register to vote online using the Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration (OVR) system." The website notes that applicants must show "some proof of identifrication" in order to register online. The state requires: "Your driver's license number or special identification card number. Your audit code." The later code is found on "your driver's license or your special identification card and it's labeled “AUDIT." A social security card is also required. However, the website notes "If you don't have a driver's license or ID card (and therefore don't have an audit number,), you can continue the application online, print it, and mail it to your Registrar of Voters."  Law enforcement agencies in Louisiana and elsewhere have found that Social Security cards, for example, are often forged and offered by illegal aliens as a form of ID.

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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