Corzine Supports Rewarding Illegals

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Necessity is the driving force behind a move to grant driving privileges to undocumented immigrants in New Jersey. A blue-ribbon panel convened by Gov. Corzine may make that recommendation when it issues its report.

Just the prospect has set the stage for a fierce battle in the Legislature, which would likely have to approve the proposal.

Like the rest of America, New Jersey is acting in the absence of a better national policy on immigration. An estimated 12 million illegal immigrants live and work in the United States, about 350,000 of them in New Jersey. For many, driving without a license is their only means to a job that supports their families.

A “driving privilege card” would allow those who could not otherwise qualify for driving licenses to drive legally in the state. But it would not have the same identification function of a standard license and would not allow a person to board an airplane or get government benefits. Those caveats should help allay national security concerns.

A driving privilege card would also allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition fees, which Corzine has supported.

So let me get this straight. Our nation as well as our state are headed full speed into a depression, hundreds of thousands of citizens are out of work and Corzine wants to ensure that people here illegally can drive to work. And on top of that, he wants to subsidize their educations while many in New Jersey cannot afford that privilege themselves?


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