The Tar Pit

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Illegal Alien drivers licenses on a collision course with Bush Amnesty?

House Rules Chairman David Dreier (R-CA) and Judiciary Chair man James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) had better waste no time in introducing legislation this session to prevent States that issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens from having those licenses accepted for federal identification purposes.

DES MOINES (AP) -- A southeast Iowa lawyer has appealed a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit that asked the state to give driver's licenses to a Mexican couple who are in the country illegally.

The Mexican couple in their 30s with three children work in Des Moines, where they have lived for the past five years.

Attorney Curt Daniels said the couple received $1,000 in traffic tickets in one weekend. He claimed they were singled out because they are undocumented immigrants.

Daniels wants the state to allow them to apply for licenses.

"Their situation is just outrageous," he said. "There are thousands and thousands of them in Iowa alone."

Lawsuit seeks right to drive for illegal aliens
Associated Press | January 3, 2005

Similar legislation was removed from last month's intelligence bill, apparently at the insistence of Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

It's unclear where President Bush stands on the issue, as he has been silent as State after State has knowingly issued drivers licenses to career violators of American immigration law. After the intelligence bill was passed, Collins indicated that Bush may also have opposed some of the Sensenbrenner provisions regarding illegal alien drivers licenses.

"I think there is considerable support for overhauling our immigration laws and taking a look at the driver's license issue, as well as other issues raised by Congressman Sensenbrenner," Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, said yesterday. "But the fact is that those provisions, which were highly controversial and several of them were opposed by the administration, would have been poison pills for this bill."

Even as Mexico began issuing their controversial matricula consular identification cards two years ago to facilitate the illegals' transfer of illegal wages out of country, the Bush Treasury Department issued guidelines for bank acceptance of the matricula cards without protest from the President.

While the Bush Treasury Department was finalizing their abetting of immigration law violations, tough as taffy DHS Secretary Tom Ridge declared the matricula cards posed a significant risk of fraud.

I warned at the time that Ridge was Trojan Horse for an illegal alien amnesty, as a security matter. Sure enough, three months later Taffy Tom was the President's unofficial Bush Amnesty trial balloonist.

The firestorm of protest from concerned citizens was so great that amnesty and illegal aliens intruded on the smiles at the President's press conference announcing the capture of Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein.

In response to a question the President reiterated his meaningless platitude, that his "administration is firmly against blanket amnesty."

The sentiment is meaningless because there has never been a blanket amnesty for illegal aliens in the nation's History. Neither the Reagan Amnesty nor any of the three Clinton Amnesties were blanket, and no national politician, not even John Kerry, has ever proposed a "blanket amnesty. "

The President's manipulative oratory notwithstanding, he's about to try to legalize more illegal aliens through his "guest worker" amnesty than were legalized in the Reagan (about 3 million) and Clinton (1 million) Amnesties combined.