New York Becoming Sanctuary State
The state of New York is rapidly becoming a sanctuary state, allowing Illegal Immigrants to get drivers licenses.
From the NY Post.
ALBANY – Gov. Spitzer announced yesterday that illegal immigrants will get driver’s licenses – but at a cost to legal citizens because they’ll now be useless as airport ID.
Spitzer said the state would no longer require a Social Security number or proof that a person is not eligible for such a number in order to qualify for a driver’s license.
That change clashes with the 2005 REAL ID law passed by Congress that states require, among other things, a Social Security number in order to get a license. States have until December 2009 to be in compliance.
States that fail to meet the standards will lose their certification by the Department of Homeland Security, meaning that driver’s licenses in those states will no longer be valid for air travel, entry to federal facilities and for tax purposes.
Travelers will now have to carry a second form of ID, like a passport, which was met with criticism yesterday.
“To outright dismiss the security needs of our state and nation and provide illegal aliens documentation is dangerous and inconceivable,” said Sen. Dale Volker (R-Depew).
Some other issues that this brings up and is not addressed by any of the various news articles I have read, is voting. In New York like many other states when you get your drivers license you can also register to vote… Think the Democrats won’t be exploiting this in upcoming elections… The new policy will take affect in two phases, first in December and then in April of 2008.
Pretty convienient don’t you think..
Here is CNN coverage of the issue:
One other statement by Gov Spitzer that deserves comment;
Spitzer defended the policy, which was implemented unilaterally and first reported in yesterday’s Post, by saying, “We will not extend the DMV to be a surrogate of the INS.”
But allowing the DMV and other state agencies to aid and abet criminals is OK??
The Governor claims that this will reduce insurance costs by 34%… Frankly I don’t buy it and would love to know how he came up with that number, personally I will bet that Insurance costs will rise as a result of this. But expenses & convenience are secondary issues here. What should be of primary concern is the security aspect. Allowing Illegal’s access to legal forms of ID makes it easier for terrorists to operate in the U.S.