September 24, 2007

License to Misrepresent

by PG

Is apparently what you get when you suffer a horrible personal tragedy that has larger implications for the nation. I'm doubtful about Gov. Spitzer's decision to allow people to get driver's licenses in New York without having to prove their legal status, but this is really ridiculous:

Peter Gadiel, the president of 9/11 Families for a Secure America, whose son died in the World Trade Center, released a scathing statement even before the official announcement yesterday.
"Governor Spitzer will demonstrate abject stupidity and breathtaking disregard for the victims of 9/11 if he hands these powerful ID's to people who sneak across our borders," he wrote. "Terrorists here illegally used licenses to kill my son and thousands of others in the World Trade Center; if they do it again using New York licenses issued by this governor, the blood of the victims will be on Mr. Spitzerís hands."
I draw the following facts from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which is a strong opponent of illegal immigration:
1) None of the 9/11 terrorists snuck across the border. They all were issued visas to enter the country. On an airplane, even.
2) Therefore, a driver's licensing system that only kept out illegal immigrants would not have prevented any of them from obtaining a driver's license. Mohamed Atta, one of the more notorious, was arrested in Florida for driving without a license, and subsequently obtained Florida driverís license.
3) Almost all of the terrorists were still legally in the U.S. on September 11; of the 19, only three had fallen out of visa status.
4) Although many of the hijackers had multiple fraudulent licenses in order to avoid being caught on the Watch List, this was a function of their being, you know, suspected terrorists, and not relating to their immigration status.

Or to put it more briefly, DIFFERENT SCARY BROWN PEOPLE. Could we perhaps criticize Spitzer's plan on its own demerits rather than making up stories about how September 11 occurred?

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