Pardon me for mentioning the P word -- principle -- but lawmakers ought not pass laws that reward people who break the law. It shows a disrespect for immigrants who stood in line and recognized the rules. It shows a disrespect for the law itself.
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies noted that giving documents to "undocumented" workers is, well, "de facto amnesty for illegal aliens."
The cost? An estimated $63.6 million next year.
Funny, Davis warns voters that the recall would cost this broke state some $60 million. He doesn't want taxpayers to spend money to overthrow the last election -- but it's OK to spend it undermining an entire body of law. (Critics talk of the logistical nightmare of a recall. Think about a new fingerprinting system, the DMV hiring freeze and an expected 2 million new applicants.)
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and GOP recall candidate Peter Ueberroth told the Los Angeles Times they would sign SB60. GOP hopefuls Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom McClintock oppose it. McClintock predicted there would be a referendum on the ballot to overturn the new law if Davis signs it.
What righteous grounds could Sacramento lawmakers possibly use to protest? They peddled the bill dishonestly, they rammed it down the voters' throats, they thumbed their nose at the law, but they did it "fair and square"?
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