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Spitzer’s Illegals License Deal Outrages ACLU

From an outraged New York Times:


Governor Accused of Betraying Principles

By RAY RIVERA
October 28, 2007

Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s retreat from his plan to permit illegal immigrants to obtain the same kind of driver’s licenses as other New Yorkers drew angry reactions yesterday from civil liberties advocates and immigrant groups, some of whom described the shift as a stunning betrayal…

“What a huge political flip,” said Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.

“He’s now embracing and letting his good name be used to promote something that has been widely known in the immigrant community as one of the most anti-immigrant pieces of legislation to come out of Congress,” Ms. Hong said.

She said having separate licenses would amount to a scarlet letter for illegal immigrants. “I know I’m speaking for millions of immigrants when I say I just feel so thoroughly betrayed.”The separate licenses could also serve as an invitation for law enforcement to arrest anyone carrying one on immigration charges, said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. She added that the new proposal could send illegal immigrants further into the shadows, compelling them to drive with forged or no licenses and without insurance.

“This flip-flopping is bowing to the fear-mongering of the Bush administration and turns New York into a poster child for policies based on fear rather than public safety,” she said…

Seventeen states have passed laws defying it, and many others are considering following suit, according to a Web site sponsored by the A.C.L.U., realnightmare.org, which tracks such bills

One suspects these are crocodile tears. For as we mentioned earlier it is more likely that this “third tier” licence which cannot be used to round up these lawbreaking illegal aliens will serve as a talisman to keep them safe.

Picture this: an ICE agent raids an illegal sweatshop. Immediately everyone pulls out their drivers licenses. The agents turn to their supervisor. “We’ve seen their drivers licenses, can we still run them in?” The supervisor decides he had better not risk it. And they leave quietly.

Sadly, such a scenario is not at all far-fetched thanks to the ACLU and the other groups who are wailing and gnashing their teeth in the article.

Still, whether it is genuine or not, it is nice to see them squeal for once.

Of course they would squeal a lot more if our IRS or Congress would do their job and remove taxpayer support from the ACLU and these other 501c3 “charities” which do everything they can to encourage the flouting of our laws.

Which, in itself, should be enough for them to lose their privileged tax status.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 28th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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