Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Eliot Spitzer and Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has relinquished the proposal to give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. The proposal and the reactions to it are an interesting study in the way politics work. The reactions were pretty much that illegals shouldn't be rewarded and that doing so will encourage terrorists to drive in New York state. Or something with the same meaning but without my writer's exaggerations.

I haven't read very many answers to the question what illegal immigrants already in New York state will do about driving without licenses. My guess is that they will drive without them. They might even drive without any driver training, perhaps even when they can't drive very well at all. I'm not sure if that will make the state on the whole safer.