Latino lawmaker wants "don't ask, don't tell" for illegal aliens

At some point we’re going to have to demand that elected officials either uphold their oaths of office, or get out of office, or we just do away with the oaths altogether. The latest in oath breaking for fun and profit comes from New York state.

Lawmakers who met with Eliot Spitzer about his new driver’s license policy have asked the governor to sign a “don’t ask, don’t tell” executive order guaranteeing that undocumented residents can access state services without fear of having their immigration status reported to law enforcement officials.

“I raised the issue to him as sort of a way to help immigrants feel comfortable even applying for this license,” state Senator Jose Serrano, a Democrat from the Bronx, told me a few minutes ago.

Serrano brought up the issue earlier during a breakfast on the East Side, where he and other lawmakers met with Spitzer to discuss the driver’s license policy. A similar policy has long been in effect in New York City, where it was supported by every mayor from Ed Koch to Michael Bloomberg.

Yes, that continuum includes Rudy. It’s one reason that he’s not credible on illegal immigration: He ran the world’s largest sanctuary city.

Politicians like Serrano pay no price for essentially asking their governor to aid and abet lawbreaking. Spitzer himself is only paying a price because he went too far at the wrong time; several other states already allow illegals to get drivers licenses. Which means that several other states are ahead on the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Which means that our elected officials are, increasingly, a class of scofflaws.

If there’s a silver lining in this story, it’s that the Spitzer/DHS compromise hasn’t satisfied anyone, so Spitzer may be forced to choose illegal aliens and their advocates or voting citizens.