Could This Be One Of Carl's Kin?!?

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sun Oct 21 22:19:01 MDT 2007

Washington Times, October 20, 2007

Driver's licenses for illegal aliens: New York democrat governor orders -


Gov. Eliot Spitzer's order to grant driver's 
licenses to illegal aliens in New York has 
enraged voters and Republican officials .

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has started a major 
political fight over immigration by ordering 
state officials to issue driver's licenses to 
illegal aliens, prompting at least one county 
legislature to defy the executive order and pushing toward a showdown in court.

The  governor's order has drawn some acerbic 
commentary, including a cartoon showing Osama bin 
Laden as a New York City taxi driver. After 
spending months trying to deflect charges that he 
used state police to target the Republican leader 
of the state Senate, Mr. Spitzer appears eager 
for a fight over this contentious issue.

"The rabid right that wants to pile on and use 
this to demagogue the issue will not carry the 
day in New York state," he said recently. "Those 
who view this as a political issue once again are 
taking the state in the wrong direction."

The driver's license issue has once again put the 
governor at odds with New Yorkers. When New York 
City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who inJune 
abandoned the Republican Party, criticized the 
order recently, the Democratic governor shot back 
that the mayor was "dead wrong, factually wrong, 
legally wrong, morally wrong, ethically wrong."

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani 
joined the list of opponents this week. "Governor 
Spitzer should not give licenses to illegals," he 
told the Republican Jewish Coalition on Tuesday. "It doesn't make sense."

The issue heated up late last week, when the 
Monroe County legislature defied the governor and 
ordered its county clerk to require anyone 
seeking a driver's license to provide a valid 
Social Security number. The decision runs counter 
to Mr. Spitzer's order, in which illegal aliens 
with valid foreign passports would be eligible to 
obtain a state driver's license.

Again, Mr. Spitzer was defiant: "I hate to say it 
­ the clerks have to enforce it," he said. "The 
clerks who issue driver's licenses are agents of 
the state. They do not make state law on this. State government does."

In another move, 29 clerks, all but one a 
Republican, voted to oppose the plan, with 13 
vowing to directly disobey the governor, even if 
ordered to comply. The clerks said their offices 
would be hard-pressed to determine the legality of applicants.

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