Now THIS (reg. req.) is a US House Representative from North Carolina who I can really be proud of:
Myrick threatens N.C. funds
WASHINGTON – Citing national security, Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte introduced legislation Wednesday that would deny North Carolina all its $890 million in federal highway money unless it stops issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
Her bill targets six states that still accept taxpayer ID numbers from the Internal Revenue Service as proof of identity or residence by those seeking licenses. The others are West Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico, Kentucky and Utah, her office said.
Myrick, a Republican who is looking at a run for governor in 2008, focused on her home state — particularly Democrats who run state government in Raleigh.
“Basically, we’re here to call on the governor (Mike Easley) and the legislature in North Carolina to stop issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens,” said Myrick, who was joined at a news conference by GOP Reps. Patrick McHenry of Cherryville and Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk.
In fact, the state is already heading in the direction Myrick wants.
“The governor already handled this,” said Easley spokeswoman Sherri Johnson. At his direction, she said, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles worked with the General Assembly on a measure to stop allowing taxpayer IDs to obtain a license.
The state Senate approved it, and it’s given a good chance of passing in the House when the legislature returns in May.
Given that forecast, Myrick’s action Wednesday drew a rebuke from the office of N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare.
“For her to threaten our transportation dollars is short-sighted considering that we are already working on this issue,” said spokesman Tony Caravano.
Please. Rep. Myrick is just sending out a warning message that the divided NC State House should pass the bill in addition to the Senate. The way our Democratically controlled state legislature waffles on the issues, I’m glad she did exactly that.
Rep. Myrick used to be my Representative until redistricting changed it to where the embarassing Mel Watt (who asserted rather bizarrely recently that white folks will not vote for a black person) is now officially my Representative, even though I can’t think of much, if anything, in Congress on which he does a good job of representing me. Not that he cares.
In any event, thank you, Representative Myrick, for doing the right thing and standing up for our national security – when so many other politicians are wimping out.
More: A reader who didn’t want to be credited sent me this link concerning comments Rep. Myrick made earlier in the week in a press conference on promoting a crackdown on illegal immmigration here regarding the arrest on the border of Mexico of three Al Qaeda members:
I mean, they just arrested down on the border, what, a couple of weeks ago, three al Qaeda members who came across from Mexico into the United States. I mean, that’s a given fact. They were holding them in the jail down there. So, we had no clue who is here to do us harm, or what they’re here to do. And that’s really what this is all about, not trying to be punitive.
Read more here at News 14 Carolina.
Interesting we’ve heard nothing of this in the mainstream media. Sue is not the type of politician who regularly makes things up out of whole cloth – so I have to believe she’s telling the truth here.
Update 11/14/05 9:40 PM EDT: Click here for an update to this post.