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NY Gov. Spitzer’s Driver’s License Plan Provokes Controversy

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has announced a plan for New York State to produce three types of driver’s licenses, one of which would potentially be available to individuals regardless of immigration status. Spitzer’s plan has been highly controversial since its announcement, which came only after high-level consultation between Sec. of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff’s office and Spitzer. Read DHS’s press release.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also been increasingly critical of the plan, saying that “I dont’ think that is where we ought to be”. Spitzer assailed Bloomberg as morally, factually and ethically wrong for taking a position opposed to the plan.
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Unsurprisingly, those in favor of an enforcement-only approach to the nation’s immigration problems, or who oppose “fixes ” for the immigration system are vehemently opposed. CNN commentator Lou Dobbs, who (for the uninitiated) devotes a large portion of his nightly newscast to promoting an enforcement centered approach to immigration and significantly decreased levels of legal immigration, went ballistic - there’s no other way to describe it - over the plan. His comments included personal attacks on Spitzer, whom he referred to at one point as a “rich spoiled brat” who was “treating the citizens of New York like his father’s tenants”.

Here are some clips from the controversy: You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

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