(I’m filling in for Sister Toldjah through today. If you’d like to see more of my work, visit Liberty Pundit.)
This is outrageous, but not surprising in the least:
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 embattled 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.”
Won’t carry the day? Wanna bet, Governor? We just killed an amnesty bill in the Senate, it won’t be too hard to kill this little plan of yours, either. I’m sure I speak for most conservatives when I say we will always be vigilant against programs such as this, that seek to legitimize illegal immigrants and illegal immigration.
I’ve no problem with people coming to this country for a better life, as long as they do it legally. Fill out the paperwork and come here legally, I’ll be happy to call you “neighbor”. But if your first act in coming here is to break our laws, then sorry, no.
That’s not really the issue, though. The issue is national security, and in a post-9/11 world, we simply cannot afford to ignore this problem any longer.