Wednesday, November 14

Update: If Illegal Aliens can Afford Photo IDs, so can Voters

In my original post (here) I pointed out the idiocy of the 'left' when it comes to fighting tooth-and-nail against any form of voter ID on the basis that it will disenfranchise the poor who 'cannot afford' to get themselves a state-issued ID or driver's license while at the same time fighting equally hard to permit issuance of these IDs to illegal aliens who somehow can afford to obtain these IDs. The latest state to announce a plan to issue these IDs was New York.

However, it seems that some sanity has prevailed and the Governor of New York, Elliot Spitzer, has decided to abandon this plan, partly because everyone, including legal immigrants, hated it:

With his poll numbers collapsing, Gov. Spitzer pullled the plug today on his controversial plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, his spokeswoman confirmed.

The embattled governor was expected to made the announcement after he met with the state's heavily Democratic congressional delegation, which had grown increasingly critical of the plan. - NY Post

The plan would have issued illegal aliens a different driver's license that would not have been valid for use as ID at airports, and I suspect that they would not have been of much use as a driver's license outside of NY State either.

As polls showed that more than 70 percent of New Yorkers opposed the proposal, Spitzer suddenly changed course several weeks ago, announcing a plan to offer New Yorkers three different driver's licenses, including two that would be federally recognized and a third that would be available to illegal immigrants. - NY Post

At the very least, these licenses would have been a huge red flag for police to check for additional ID, and there is no guarantee that police in other states would not detain them regardless of whatever policy New York has for illegals.

One other problem (of many) worth mentioning about this whole scheme is that it would have done nothing to stop those who failed to meet the requirements for obtaining an illegal alien's driver's license from driving.

See my original post for my initial comments here.

- If Illegal Aliens can Afford Photo IDs, so can Voters - 28 Oct 07
- Georgia Voter ID Law a ‘Poll Tax’ Says U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy - 20 Oct 05
- Being Less Poor - 27 Oct 05

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