On Saturday, Governor Spitzer announced that New York State would comply with the REAL ID Act, a law that passed Congress a couple years ago but has not yet been implemented. In fact, several states have moved to block implementation of the law due to serious concerns raised with respect to civil liberties, privacy and costs pushed onto state governments.
This announcement followed another decision made by Spitzer five weeks ago that granted drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. Anti-immigrant forces in New York have successfully cornered the Governor. Spitzer is willing to undermine his own policy positions and betray his own principles at the risk of privacy and civil liberties for all New Yorkers.
An article on Spitzer’s announcement on REAL ID can be found at http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–licensespat1028oct28,0,279677.story <http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny–licensespat1028oct28,0,279677.story> .
An article on immigrant community reactions can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/nyregion/28react.html <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/nyregion/28react.html> .