California Okays Licenses
for Illegal Alilens
multiracial California where white people are a minority,
the state Assembly passed and the governor signed legislation
to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens.
Introduced by Hispanic state Sen. Gil Cedillo, a Democrat
from Los Angeles, the legislation will help illegals settle
permanently in the U.S. without having to go through normal
immigration procedures, and at the same time aid terrorists
needing to establish identities to help them navigate American
Left-wing Democrat Gov. Gray Davis, facing a recall election
which he needs Hispanic votes to survive, had promised to
sign the bill "in a heartbeat."
Davis had earlier vetoed two similar bills since becoming
governor, citing concerns expressed by law enforcement officials.
After he vetoed a driver's license bill for illegals last
year, the legislature's Latino Caucus refused to endorse him
"Why is he willing to put the state at risk, the country
at risk, the electorate at risk? It's his last gasp at keeping
the governorship," charged Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy,
Because applicants are automatically encouraged to register
to vote when they obtain a driver's license, many worry about
the ability of illegal aliens to influence elections.
The new law is "an invitation for voter fraud,"
said Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa, a Republican. "Why don't
we just rescind the need for citizenship?" In Los Angeles
County, one need only show a driver's license to register
to vote, opening up elections to millions of illegal aliens.
According the U.S. Census Bureau, America is home to some
11 million illegal aliens. Other estimates run as high as
13 million. Demographers estimate that a very large percent
of illegals live in California.
In nearly every state, a driver's license is
the gateway to other documents and privileges. It is the basic
identity card that can be used for everything from cashing
checks at the supermarket to casting a ballot on election
day. Holders are presumed to be U.S. citizens. Illegal aliens
- and terrorists - with an American driver's license will
be able to use them with tickets to board airplanes and purchase
In a federal report issued just days after the Assembly voted
to approve the bill, the General Accounting Office in Washington
warned that state motor vehicle departments are "vulnerable"
to fraudulent driver's license applications, posing a national
security threat in the aftermath of Sept. 11.
In a nearly year-long undercover operation, GAO investigators
found that in nearly half of the states, motor vehicle employees
relied solely on visual inspection of documents to verify
an applicant's identity, without checking with the issuing
agency. Out of state driver's licenses, which are often forged,
often sufficed for identification without an electronic check
with the issuing state.
"A driver's license is the most commonly accepted document
used to identify an individual," said Robert J. Cramer,
managing director of the GAO's office of special investigations.
"The weaknesses we identified during this investigation
clearly show that the application process is vulnerable to
identity fraud with serious consequences for national security."
The report was commissioned by Senate Finance Committee Chairman
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-IA.
Several of the terrorists involved in the Sept. 11 attacks
had obtained Virginia driver's licenses by exploiting state
law that allowed them simply to submit a sworn statement saying
they lived in the state.
GAO agents posed as license applicants, visiting motor vehicle
departments between July 2002 and May 2003. The agents forged
documents using tools readily available at stores and online,
include copiers, scanners, heavy paper, and official-looking
stamps and seals. They often used fraudulently obtained licenses
from one state to obtain licenses in other states.
After Gov. Davis signed the bill into law, the beleaguered
politician attended a rally to showcase his support for Hispanic
causes. "The predominantly Hispanic crowd waved Mexican
flags, and flags from various Central American countries,"
reported Associated Press.
"You have the right to drive to work," said Davis
in a speech commingled with Spanish.
But the new law does not give special entitlement to drive.
By a bilateral agreement, Mexican citizens with valid Mexican
driver's licenses are already allowed to drive. The only purpose
of the new California law is to help illegal aliens hide their
illegality and provide terrorists with the cover they need
to move about freely.
According to Lowell Ponte of FrontPageMagazine.com,
Sen. Cedillo who authored the new law and attended the rally
with Davis, was once asked by a reporter why he thought illegals
ought to be allowed to remain in the U.S.
"They were here first," he said, echoing radical
Mexican claims to the southeast U.S.
Cedillo, like gubernatorial candidate Cruz Bustamante, was
a member of the racist revolutionary group MEChA, the Chicano
Student Movement of Aztlan.
The rally heralding the new law was also attended by aspiring
arsonist and Hispanic activist Mario Obledo who once threatened
to burn down a billboard opposing illegal immigration if the
owners did not take it down.
"California is going to be a Hispanic state," Obledo
famously said. "And anyone who doesn't like should leave.
They should go back to Europe."