Update 11:58am 11/14 Eastern. Oh, lovely. Lawhawk notes that thanks to Spitzer, 23,000 aliens have obtained licenses that do not indicate when their visas expire…and NY will have to rely on them to come back to the DMV to get licenses with the proper visa expiration date indicators.
Yeah. That’ll happen.
Update 9:55am Eastern 11/14: Via the NYPost, which dubs Spitzer “out-of-gas Eliot:”
With his poll numbers collapsing, Gov. Spitzer pullled the plug today on his controversial plan to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
“New York state can not handle [the immigration issue] on our own,” Spitzer said. “I am withdrawing my proposal.”
“The federal government lost control of its borders. … and has no solution to deal with it,” Spitzer said.
“States, towns and villages still have to deal with the practical reality of that failure. In New York, that means 1 million [un]documented workers,” he said.
The embattled governor made the announcement after he met with the state’s heavily Democratic congressional delegation, which had grown increasingly critical of the plan.
In other words: It’s the feds’ fault that Spitzer’s bone-headed solution to their failure to enforce immigration laws was a security-undermining, electorate-alienating plan to reward the lawbreakers with drivers’ licenses giving them a free pass.
This may be the “least of his woes,” says JWF.
What do Dems do when they’re mired in political misery?Raise taxes!
Well, knock me over with a straw:
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has decided to abandon a plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, officials familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Tuesday night.
The governor is due to meet Wednesday morning with New York’s congressional delegation, many of whom openly oppose the program. Debate over the issue also has spilled into New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The governor’s office signaled to New York lawmakers Tuesday that Spitzer will say at the meeting that he is shelving the plan and that immigration is a federal issue to be handled by Washington, according to congressional aides who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.
Allah breaks out a robot video.
A poll released this morning reports that for the first time, more New York State voters view Gov. Eliot Spitzer unfavorably than view him favorably and that only 25 percent of voters would be prepared to re-elect him if the 2010 election were held today.
The poll, by the Siena Research Institute in Loudonville, N.Y., also found that 70 percent voters who had heard about the governor’s proposal to allow undocumented aliens to obtain driver’s licenses continue to oppose it, while nearly two-thirds oppose his revised plan to issue three tiers of licenses.
Don’t celebrate too hard, though. Several other states continue to provide licenses to illegal aliens and it is the Bush administration that continues to approve the use of the illegal alien matricula consular card.
Spitzer’s retreat is a significant victory and a symbolic victory, but a small one in the continuing struggle between Sanctuary Nation and Sovereign Nation.
More from the NYT:
“I am not willing to fight to the bitter end on something that will not ultimately be implemented,” the governor said, “and we also have an enormous agenda on other issues of great importance to New York State that was being stymied by the constant and almost singular focus on this issue.”
Translation: Hillary made me do it!