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NY Illegals To Get ‘Special’ Drivers Licenses

From the open borders lobby known as the Associated Press:


New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks at a news conference at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007.

Feds strike ID deal over NY licenses

By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer

The Bush administration and New York cut a deal Saturday to create a new generation of super-secure driver’s licenses for U.S. citizens, but also allow illegal immigrants to get a version.

New York is the fourth state to reach such an agreement on federally approved secure licenses, after Arizona, Vermont and Washington…

Saturday’s agreement with the Homeland Security Department will create a three-tier license system in New York…

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said he was not happy that New York intended to issue IDs to illegal immigrants. But he said there was nothing he could do to stop it.

“I don’t endorse giving licenses to people who are not here legally, but federal law does allow states to make that choice,” Chertoff said.

The governor made clear he is going forward with his plan allowing licenses for illegal immigrants. But advocates on both sides of the debate said Spitzer had caved to pressure by adopting the administration’s stance on tighter security standards for most driver’s licenses.

GOP Rep. Thomas Reynolds, who represents the Buffalo suburbs, said he was glad Washington had heeded his concerns about border identification. But he said he feared that Spitzer “is taking this state down a risky path” by giving any kind of license to illegal immigrants.

Under the compromise, New York will produce an “enhanced driver’s license” that will be as secure as a passport…

A second version of the license will meet new federal standards of the Real ID Act. That law is designed to make it much harder for illegal immigrants or would-be terrorists to obtain licenses.

A third type of license will be available to undocumented immigrants. Spitzer has said this ID will make the state more secure by bringing those people “out of the shadows” and into American society, and will lower auto insurance rates.

Those licenses will be clearly marked to show they are not valid federal ID. Officials, however, would not say whether that meant local law enforcement could use such a license as probable cause to detain someone they suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

“Besides being a massive defeat for the governor, I can’t imagine many — if any — illegal immigrants coming forward to get the driver’s licenses, because they’d basically be labeled as illegal,” said New York Rep. Peter King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee…

Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties, said Spitzer’s move effectively revives a faltering ID program. “The governor’s stunning lack of courage is aiding the Bush administration in clamping down on civil liberties,” Lieberman said.

Even though the ACLU is pretending to be outraged, it is hard to see how this “compromise” is any real improvement.

Illegal aliens are still getting drivers licenses, aren’t they? The rest of the article would appear to just be window-dressing. 

Moreover, it sounds like the already irksome process of renewing ones drivers license is going to become even more difficult for law-abiding citizens so as to give illegal aliens this new benefit.

“Besides being a massive defeat for the governor, I can’t imagine many — if any — illegal immigrants coming forward to get the driver’s licenses, because they’d basically be labeled as illegal,” said New York Rep. Peter King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee

Have no fear Mr. King.

Once the ACLU and other “immigrant rights” groups work their magic, this will undoubtedly become a “get out of jail free” card.

In fact, to mix metaphors hopelessly, they will become as sought-after as the “letters of transit” in Casablanca. 

Which “cannot be rescinded, not even questioned” without having the ACLU come down on your neck.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Why have all the bother with all that nonsense about insurance and personal liability?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, October 27th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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