NY state drops citizenship requirement to obtain drivers licenses
posted at 10:00 am on September 23, 2007 by Bryan
In the opening chapter of Invasion, Michelle Malkin outlines the connection between illegal immigration, the false and falsified document universe that feeds on and is sustained by illegal immigration, and 9-11. Four of the hijackers were able to get aboard and hijack airplanes that day because they were able to obtain drivers licenses, though they were in the country illegally. The 19 would go on to kill nearly 3,000 and start off the latest chapter in a war that has claimed many more lives. Illegal immigration isn’t just about fruit pickers living in the shadows. It’s about national security.
NY Governor Eliot Spitzer clearly needs to read Michelle’s book.
They were celebrating outside the governor’s office Friday as Eliot Spitzer handed a landmark victory to a half-million illegal immigrants.
The state will no longer require proof of citizenship for driver’s licenses.
“We’re changing our policy with respect to getting more people out of shadows and into the system so people don’t hide they’re here,” Spitzer said.
He said the current restrictions on non-citizens have filled the roads with unlicensed drivers five times more likely to get into accidents.
That last line illustrates so much that’s wrong with government. It’s not the lack of licenses that makes illegals five times more likely to get into accidents than legals. It’s the fact that so many of them are repeat offenders on so many other crimes, starting with crossing the border and document fraud but continuing through DUI and other crimes that are more closely related to driving. They just don’t respect our laws at all. Changing the laws to suit lawbreakers won’t make them better people. It just makes a worse country.
Hopefully the decision will backfire on Spitzer, who is embroiled in a serious scandal at the moment, as it backfired on the desperate Gray Davis in the waning days of his tenure in California.
And a Brooklyn state senator says he’ll try to overturn the decision.
“This governor has chosen to give the keys to the city, the keys to the state to terrorism,” Golden said.
As for the public, it’s clear that people have strong feelings on both sides of the issue.
“I don’t think if you’re here illegally you should have the same privileges people who are here legally do,” office manager Cliff Hoffman said.
Added legal word processor Bill Slater: “I think illegal people are getting a free ride. I don’t think it’s fair to other hard-working citizens who do work hard.”
Public officials like Eliot Spitzer, who knowingly sign state laws that violate federal law, ought to be impeached and run out of office on a rail.