Debra J. Saunders

I've never understood why a district attorney would encourage unlicensed driving and support a policy that calls for police to allow a driver with a revoked license to keep his car. You can flunk a driver's test, drive in San Francisco without a license and, even if caught, get a licensed friend to drive your car away.

Gascón told The Chronicle that illegal immigrants need cars to get to work or take their kids to school. What about public transportation? He answered it's not always the answer.

Actually for Gascón, it's never the answer.

Asked if he wanted to change the no-impound policy, given the research he chose not to acknowledge, Gascón essentially suggested that if California changes its law requiring that driver's license applicants be legal residents, then maybe he'll look at the impound policy. In the meantime, law-abiding drivers can consider themselves hostages.

Unless and until Sacramento votes to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, the streets of San Francisco will be less safe for everyone, immigrant and native-born.

Debra J. Saunders

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