Originally created 05/14/05

ID in the driver's seat

Whenever our government tries to negatively impact illegal immigrants, the so-called immigrant rights groups go ballistic.

Actually, immigrant rights is a misnomer. In reality, they are groups for illegal immigration rights. Immigrants, if they are here legally, already have most of the same rights as U.S. citizens.

The latest issue that has apologists for illegal immigration fit to be tied is the new driver's license rules in the $82 billion supplemental spending bill for Iraq that President Bush just signed.

The measure - aimed at making terrorism, if not preventable, at least more difficult - calls for states to verify that people who apply for a driver's license are, in fact, U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.

This is not an unreasonable demand, given that the 9-11 terrorists collected driver's licenses from a half dozen or more states, using them not only to travel freely about the country but also as IDs to further advance their terrorist plans.

Of course, this is not the way critics of the new law see it. "This is clearly an anti-immigrant bill that's going to have a very harmful impact on the Latino community and all immigrant communities," whines a spokeswoman for the National Council of La Raza. Another complainant charges the ID requirement reflects surging hostility toward the foreign-born.

These remarks are total nonsense - worse, they insult American citizens. First, the law is not aimed at hurting Hispanics - it's aimed at frustrating foreign terrorists seeking to kill and main innocent people. Second, a desire to curb illegal immigration, or secure the nation's borders, is not anti-immigrant or anti-foreign. It is simply common sense.

U.S. borders are among the most porous in the world. Yet as long as pro-illegal immigration groups can get away with the smear technique of defining any effort to stem the swelling tides of illegals as being racist or anti-Hispanic, it will make winning the border wars - and defense against terror - that much more difficult.

These groups don't want stronger immigration laws. They want amnesty for illegals - those who are here and those yet to come. The new driver's license ID law should at least make that agenda a little more difficult to accomplish.


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