It's bad form to say "I told you so." But New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, "a !@#$ steamroller," asked for it.
For weeks, Spitzer insisted he would not reverse his decision to reward illegal aliens with a driver's license that would be indistinguishable from the one given to citizens and legal residents. He vowed that "no amount of hysterical rhetoric will prevent us from doing what is right."
Earlier this month, Spitzer proclaimed:
What deserves to be condemned are the hysterical allegations that have no basis in fact and are only intended to prey upon the public's fears.
Well, in response to those "hysterical allegations," Spitzer is now proposing three separate licenses. The third-tier basic license for illegals will be marked "not for U.S. government purposes." It cannot be used to enter a federal building or board a plane.
We cannot have public safety when you carve out a million people from the public safety role and system and have them stigmatized with a big scarlet letter.
I agree with Hung that a separate license would shine a bright light on the bearer's illegal status. But, hey, they want to "come out of the shadows."