Skip to comments.The Part About “Illegal” Liberals Don’t Understand
Posted on 10/29/2007 5:15:43 AM PDT by theothercheek
Last month, New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced that the states Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would reverse a post-9/11 policy by the Pataki administration to deny a drivers license to anyone who could not prove legal status immediately prompting at least a dozen county clerks who operate DMV offices as agents of the state to announce they would flout the new rules.
To combat identity fraud, all but eight states HI, ME, MD, MI, NM, OR, UT and WA require drivers to prove legal status to obtain drivers licenses.
Spitzer did an about-face only after the states top Dem leaders warned that the controversial move would imperil the prospects of state Senate candidates, leading to "unprecidented losses" in November and may even cost Hillary the state in the presidential race. And their fears are not unfounded: Pissed off New Yorkers rallied at the Capitol in Albany, calling for the governors impeachment or recall.
Last week, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (IL), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus took a break from enshrining Clinton Administration policies with his all-out effort to kill the Armenian Genocide Resolution to tell The Washington Post:
"This issue [illegal immigration] has real implications for the country. It captures all the American people's anger and frustration not only with immigration, but with the economy. It's self-evident. This is a big problem."
"For the American people, and therefore all of us, it's emerged as the third rail of American politics. And anyone who doesn't realize that isn't with the American people."
Spitzer finally listened to reason (or panic) and abandoned his insistence that drivers licenses for illegals be identical to standard licenses issued by the DMV and has now endorsed a different design, along with markings that prevent their use as ID when entering a federal building or boarding a plane. The state has also agreed to participate in the federal Real ID program, which requires drivers license applicants to prove legal residency and identity a valid passport or visa and a verifiable Social Security number, for instance.
Those who earn their livings undermining every law meant to secure our borders, predictably condemned Spitzer, reports The Times:
The separate licenses could 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.
As Spitzer and other politicians are dealing with the reality of an electorate enraged over illegal immigration, liberals prefer the fantasy that the real ill in "illegal" is racism, not lawlessness. This from Lawrence Downes, who has been a member of The Times editorial board since 2004:
Good thing I am not an illegal immigrant. There is no way out of that trap. Its the crime you cant make amends for. Nothing short of deportation will free you from it, such is the mood of the country today. And that is a problem.
America has a big problem with illegal immigration, but a big part of it stems from the word "illegal." It pollutes the debate. It blocks solutions. Used dispassionately and technically, there is nothing wrong with it. Used as an irreducible modifier for a large and largely decent group of people, it is badly damaging. And as a code word for racial and ethnic hatred, it is detestable.
"Illegal" is accurate insofar as it describes a persons immigration status. About 60 percent of the people it applies to entered the country unlawfully. The rest are those who entered legally but did not leave when they were supposed to. The statutory penalties associated with their misdeeds are not insignificant, but neither are they criminal. You get caught, you get sent home.
Since the word modifies not the crime but the whole person, it goes too far.
Illegal modifies the whole of the persons actions, as one broken law begets another and another and another.
NY has between 500,000 and 1 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom are driving without a license and car insurance or with fake driver's licenses, reports Newsday. So up to one million people are in NY illegally, unknowable numbers of whom are driving illegally with phony drivers licenses, are driving illegally without car insurance, and are illegally using forged Social Security cards and stolen identities to get jobs.
These are decent people?
Back in September, Spitzer told The New York Times, "The D.M.V. is not the I.N.S.," in justifying the decision to accept a current foreign passport as proof of identity without evidence of legal immigration, such as a valid visa. Critics countered that bestowing the exact same drivers licenses to illegal aliens as to legal residents of the state could facilitate voter fraud and terrorism. Said Department of Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, "I don't endorse giving licenses to people who are not here legally, but federal law does allow states to make that choice."
However, realpolitik does not.
Note: The Stiletto writes about politics and other stuff at The Stiletto Blog.
What this state needs is a recall like the one on kalifornica to OUST this nitwit lib Spitzer for even considering giving these illegals licenses. Which of course is just the first step to getting them the vote , which of course will be a vote for the Dims.
They cant even say the word illegal.
The liberal media in NY is desperately trying to spin this as a victory for Spitzer. The opposition to giving illegals any kind of license is still there and won’t be going away.
Spitzer is one of those ultra wealthy Dems who bought their way into office - a la Corzine in NJ - and he has enough money to beat back any recall attempt with slick ads to confuse the electorate. However, he now understands that the voters in upstate and rural counties are mad as hell and there are enough of them vs. NYC libs to screw things up for the Dems.
I don't endorse giving licenses to people who are not here legally,
but federal law does allow states to make that choice.
That is their job. My job #1 is to get every one of these poor illegal immigrants complete, unconditional amnesty.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
They cant even say the word illegal.
There was a clown editorial in the NY Times yesterday that implied even using the word "illegal" was racist.
This is moot. As soon as illegals realize that the licenses will look different, they will continue to use forged licenses. Once the Real ID program is phased in, using a fake license should be a felony punishable by imprisonment followed by deportation.
And, I’m getting sick and tired of our government officials paying more attention to those “illegals” than they are to the LEGAL citizens!
Why am I not the least surprised?
Socialists understand. Those who claim socialists don’t understand are the one’s who fail to understand socialists have a different agenda. They don’t consider themselves Americans first and foremost. Furthering the cause of socialism is their top priority. They will use any method to destroy our Democratic Republic by replacing it with a strong centralized form of government that takes power away from the individual, contrary to our Constitution. Socialists can only accomplish this by making people dependent on the government. Allowing a group of uneducated, poor individuals into the country illegally makes it easier to achieve that goal.
When all the "How Amazing Is This?" threads start, remember, you heard it here first.
And anyone who believes her and votes for her on the basis of her “position” on illegal immigration is a fool. She knows as well as anyone that Dems need a steady supply of fraudulent voters (i.e. illegals) to win narrowly contested races.
After the election is over, she’ll say, “It depends on what ‘illegal’ means”.
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