I watched as Lou Dobbs verbally took apart a representative of NY Gov. Spitzer last night over his proposal to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. And at first I thought this was some kind of faux news article, but watched as Mr. Dobbs became frustrated with the person and simply walked all over him. He probably deserved it as he was flailing around trying to make some vague point throughout the time alloted, but he never was able to get there as time ended.
I thought to myself, why in the hell would anyone even want to go there. So I looked up more information on this and discovered that it all came from the Dept. of Homeland Security's demands for a Real I.D. of everyone in the United States. Now that explains part of it. Chertoff has been chomping at the bit as every state in the union has pretty much pushed back at this act as some sort of invasion of privacy. And I can imagine it is. We all know that there was a terrible act that took place on 9/11/01, but many of our representatives in government use this as a reason to throw out the Constitution and Civil Rights and do what "they" think we need to protect us. Sometimes this is well intended, but in most it's overkill as in the case of Real ID.
Now seeing Chertoff in the picture I understood what started it all. But why did it end up with illegal aliens getting driver's licenses? And then it hit me. This is New York State. They likely have over a million illegal aliens in that state alone as some estimates have it. And what do you think those people are doing to survive? Hitchhiking to work everyday? Sleeping in alleyways next door to their place of work? Nope. They went out and got themselves a driver's license albeit illegally. And New York, knowing that these people are most likely already in their system, are trying to keep people that "are" working and driving to their legal one million jobs today can still do so tomorrow. All the while meeting the mandated requirements of the Real I.D. process Chertoff demands of the states. Seems simple enough until you note that what they are doing is labeling one million existing licenses as those held by illegal aliens. Oops!
As one person pointed out, no one will voluntarily request one of those new illegal alien licenses as that will put the spot light on them for INS. So it's a foregone conclusion that once you include the Immigration Laws into the equation this idea falls flat on its face. So Gov. Spitzer, while trying to gallantly protect the workers of the state (even the illegal aliens), has walked right into a problem of someone declaring themselves as an illegal alien to the INS. Not a very swift idea. But it does pose a very glaring problem. What can be done? Well, Mr. Dobbs just wanted to scream about it as an idiotic idea giving illegal aliens documents, but there is an issue here that needs to be addressed. The problem of what do you do about one million illegal aliens that are current holders of driver's licenses and are working at legal jobs throughout the state?
Do you void their licenses and start rounding them up a few thousand at a time over years? Sounds like a disaster of epic proportions ready to happen. I can't imagine what would happen if NY State suddenly had one million unemployed and undocumented people to care for all of the sudden. It would bankrupt their state in less than a month.
So then do you inform the populace that those that are not able to upgrade to the new license can still drive and go to work even as an illegal alien? But of course this puts them in the crosshairs of the INS. This is generally what Gov. Spitzer has done. Actually, it's quite a logical plan when you think about it this way. First, you are avoiding the massive strain on NY State's coffers as illegal aliens stop working and start draining resources of the state system to stay alive each day. And two, you can take your time processing the people through INS that are still on those older licenses as needed.
In this way, it sounds like Gov. Spitzer is on to something. That is unless you are strongly against anything supporting the illegal aliens of this country. That is one thing I find idiotic. The Tancredos of our country all want a black and white response to illegal immigration. "Off with their heads!" But as New York has shown us, there is a lot of gray out there. And we need a realistic approach to it.
Cnn Article: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/30/Dobbs.Oct31/index.html
Sorry Lou, I see his point.
Telling it like I see it,