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April 7, 2004
Jeb Paints Himself Gray

Florida Governor Jeb Bush may need new glasses. Apparently, when he read about former California Governor Gray Davis' decision to approve a bill authorizing illegal immigrants to receive state drivers' licenses, Jeb must have thought that made Gray more popular with his constituents:

Gov. Jeb Bush endorsed a bill on Monday to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses.

Under the bill, illegal immigrants seeking licenses would be fingerprinted and required to show identification like an employee card, said Senator Rudolfo Garcia Jr., a Hialeah Republican and a sponsor of the bill.

The brief article goes on to assure people that illegals would have to also prove they own or lease a car, and get a background check from their consulate proving that they have no criminal record -- even though their status in Florida gives them a de facto criminal status. Anyway, if they could do all that, why didn't they just get a visa before coming to the US in the first place?

More importantly, Jeb doesn't give any good reason why people who come here illegally should be given identification by a government that should be prosecuting them rather than enabling their illegal status to be more convenient. The only justification he offers is "they're here anyway," a philosophy that may be a slippery slope for the Republican governor. Does he plan to support abortion on the basis that women will get them anyway? Does he support the decriminalization of now-illegal drugs because people will use them anyway?

Jeb, buddy ... you see that buffed-out guy at the Governors' Association -- the one with the tan and the accent? That ain't Gray Davis, pal. Why don't you mosey on up to him and ask him where Gray went -- and why.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 7, 2004 5:37 AM

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