Debra J. Saunders

At the time, the bill's author, Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, touted the measure as an effort to "restore highway safety." But his bill did nothing to increase the petty penalties meted out to those who drive without a license or insurance. It ditched proposals to prevent fraud and keep escaped convicts from obtaining a document that would give them legitimacy. It was bald in its contempt for the legitimate objections to granting licenses to illegal immigrants with serious criminal records.

Sen. Cedillo has told the press that he will work with the governor to produce a compromise measure early next year. Team Arnold countered that "there is no agreement." And there should be no agreement.

When pro-illegal immigrant politicians had their chance, their arrogance knew no bounds. They showed no respect for federal law or state voters. Bill supporters only changed their tune when they realized the bill could hurt their precious derrieres.

Said Davis adviser South, "The galling thing to me is that the Democrats in the Legislature tried to ram this thing down the governor's throat in 2002 and (again) at the end of the recall election. And in both cases, (Davis) faced drastic effects, both by vetoing it in 2002 and signing it in 2003."

South is outraged that Cedillo and company only retreated when their careers were at stake and a Republican governor was installed.

Governor, these guys don't deserve a compromise bill. On this issue, they cannot be trusted.

Debra J. Saunders

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