Skip to comments.Make it easy to get a license, protesters say. (More crap from limp wrist Linc)
Posted on 05/11/2005 4:03:00 AM PDT by got_moab?
PROVIDENCE -- About 30 opponents of legislation that would link getting a driver's license to a motorist's immigration status, marched into Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee's downtown office yesterday, exercising one example of democracy while learning about another:
The game of politics, Washington style.
The office visitors, members of the American Friends Service Committee and a group called ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), had hoped to meet with Chafee and persuade him to vote against the legislation.
The senator, however, wasn't in the office; he was in Washington, D.C. So his office staff politely connected them via speaker phone to the senator's Washington office where they spoke with Chafee's legislative assistant, Allison Sugarman.
Sugarman told the advocates for immigrants that Chafee opposed the legislation, which would require those applying for a driver's license to submit Social Security numbers, proof of legal residence and a verified birth certificate.
The problem, Sugarman explained, was that Republican leaders in Congress had attached the bill to another piece of legislation providing more money to support U.S. troops in Iraq.
And Chafee, Sugarman said, couldn't vote against the troops.
Supporters of the legislation, called REAL ID, say the measure is designed to improve homeland security by making it harder for potential terrorists to legally obtain driver's licenses. Eleven states now grant driver's licenses to noncitizens who do not have visas; neither Rhode Island nor Massachusetts are among them.
"We're by no means pleased," Sugarman said. "The senator wishes he had an opportunity to vote on the ID act [by itself]. Obviously he's not going to get that chance."
Several members of the group tried to persuade Sugarman to persuade the senator to change his mind. The vote in the Senate is expected within days.
"The way you oppose the ID is to vote against the supplemental" budget bill, one woman told her.
It's not going to happen, Sugarman said. Sorry.
Sen. Jack Reed also opposes the REAL ID legislation but will have to vote for the supplemental budget legislation, his spokesman Greg McCarthy said yesterday, "because this is a bill that provides vital economic aid and support to men and women at war."
Rhode Island's two Democratic congressmen, Representatives Patrick Kennedy and James R. Langevin, found themselves in the same situation last Thursday, their spokesmen said, when both voted in favor of the legislation providing more war money even though they both opposed the driver's license bill.
"This is what Republicans do," said Kennedy spokesman Sean Richardson. "The Republican leadership attaches hard-core conservative legislation to bills they know the Democrats support and can't vote against, like sending money to our troops who are in harm's way right now, or money for tsunami victims."
"At the end of the day," said Richardson, "you have to support the troops."
I'm not at all pleased that this ass clown would hit his knees for some 30 professional agitators who wander into his office.
All lies. Those Democrats really do want to vote against supporting the troops, but they also don't want a bunch of illegals running about the countryside misleading their grounds supervisors into thinking they are legals.
...The senator, however, wasn't in the office; he was in Washington, D.C...
Chafee is never in his office. He and his family live in Virginia and have nothing to do with Rhode Island except helping to choke it.
He's often reffered to around here as the Senator from Virginia.
Sad, if we have to have a senator from Virginia, Virginia is full of real men who could do a great job, and we're stuck with the Chump.