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September 29, 2007

Spitzer driving a fine line on immigration

DAN JANISON, dan.janison@newsday.com, September 24, 2007

"Gov. Eliot Spitzer pleased some, but not all, of his allies last week by moving to let illegal immigrants get drivers' licenses.

Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy draws as much political karma for opposing illegal immigration as anyone who can be counted as a Spitzer ally. Call it cul-de-sac creds. "I agree with Eliot on most policies, but disagree with him on this one," Levy said with notable restraint.

Republicans decried the news as reflexively as immigrant advocates and city Democrats praised it. Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) had started talking in January about legislation to counteract Spitzer's policy - which the Democrat honed while campaigning last year. GOP Candidate John Faso opposed it when he was running for governor last year. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) denounced it essentially as a hare-brained security threat.

Spitzer nixed a 2002 executive order from GOP Gov. George Pataki that forced license applicants to submit a Social Security card or a letter from the federal government saying they were ineligible for one. Spitzer insists this requirement imposed a hardship on the undocumented without helping security".

at; http://www.newsday.com/news/local/politics/ny-lijani245387856sep24,0,2350233.story

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 29, 2007 09:40 AM


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