Thursday, February 15, 2007

Backhand, Forehand, results matter

Well, while the Georgia House is busy doing wonderfully worthy things such as trying to take down street signs, it looks like the State Senate is trying to actually accomplish something:
The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday requiring Georgians to obtain a valid state driver's license before they can pick up a tag for their car.

The legislation would effectively make it harder for illegal immigrants to get behind the wheel.
Sounds good to me. Of course, that's not the only reason for the bill, says its sponsor, Chip Rogers, who said that
the bill is designed to close a gaping loophole that allows those who might not qualify to drive in Georgia to nonetheless slap a Georgia license plate on their car.
Of course, the local open borders crew isn't exactly happy about it:
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, said it was another backhanded way to deal with the immigration issue.

Gonzales said Rogers' bill, along with a pair of other driver's licenses measures moving through the Legislature this session, will effectively make illegal immigrants less willing to cooperate with law enforcement out of fear they could be punished.
Oh, so people already breaking the law, who live in insular, already close-mouthed communities, are just jumping for joy when they see or have to interact with law enforcement as things stand now? I refuse to advocate extreme anti-illegal immigration measures, such as refusing hospital care, bigotry, etc., but any attempt to make areas of the country other than Georgia look more attractive to illegal immigrants is fine by me. By extension, of course, the Federal government should be doing similar things on the national level, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

Honestly though, how much effect will this have overall on the illegal immigration problems in the state? My guess is, not much. But every little bit helps.

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