They were celebrating outside the governor's office Friday as Eliot Spitzer handed a landmark victory to a half-million illegal immigrants.
The state will no longer require proof of citizenship for driver's licenses.
"We're changing our policy with respect to getting more people out of shadows and into the system so people don't hide they're here," Spitzer said.
He said the current restrictions on non-citizens have filled the roads with unlicensed drivers five times more likely to get into accidents. But he also called it a matter of justice. "As long as I'm governor we won't pretend they don't exist, cut them off from society," Spitzer said.
But the action triggered a bitter response from some 9/11 family members, who said the governor would be providing identification for potential terrorists. And a Brooklyn state senator says he'll try to overturn the decision.
"This governor has chosen to give the keys to the city, the keys to the state to terrorism," Golden said.
As for the public, it's clear that people have strong feelings on both sides of the issue.
"I don’t think if you're here illegally you should have the same privileges people who are here legally do," office manager Cliff Hoffman said. Added legal word processor Bill Slater: "I think illegal people are getting a free ride. I don't think it's fair to other hard-working citizens who do work hard."
Planning consultant John Madden said the move is also a pre-emptive strike against another type of potentially hazardous driver. "The problem is they're gonna drive anyway," Madden said. "You might as well make them legal drivers with insurance."
The new rules will start to kick in at the end of the year, unless someone finds a way to put a halt to them.
Under the new policy, the Department of Motor Vehicles will accept foreign passports and birth certificates from immigrants as proof of identification. They will no longer need to provide a Social Security card.
Well gee, why don't we just hand them a few 747s while we're at it?
You would think that New York would have learned the lesson of what terrorism can do to our country more than anyone else, but Governor Spitzer has decided that the best way to handle illegal aliens is to hand them legal identification to make it easier for them to attack the country.
Not to mention that illegal aliens, are, well, illegal. He says he won't cut them off from society, but that's exactly what he should do. If they aren't prepared to come here through legal channels like the millions of legal immigrants before them have, then they shouldn't be here. They have no rights. Period.
Then there's also the effect that illegal aliens are having on the overall well-being of the cities and counties they're taking over, like New York's own Westchester and Putnam counties, as an example. Public drunkenness and urinating have become the norm, as liberal moonbats agreed with illegal aliens who sued the city of Mamaroneck to stop police officers from asking them if they were here legally and trying to get them to move along rather than be wasted in the streets, claiming it was discrimination.
But, to moonbat Governor Spitzer, none of that matters. Safety of New York citizens, overall well-being of the cities and counties of New York, following our country's laws -- that's all irrelevant. The most important thing is that illegal aliens get their way.
Hat Tip: Moonbattery