Rich Lowry

The matricula consular is Mexico's way to give illegals in the United States an ID when they can't get a legitimate one. Twelve states accept the safeguard-free matricula when getting driver's licenses, according to Dinerstein, and localities and banks have begun to accept them for other purposes. Homeland security czar Tom Ridge has warned that they do so "at their peril."

Apparently, none of these messages got through to Gray Davis, or, more likely, he just doesn't care. Security-conscious states should take a page from Florida, where 9-11 ringleader Mohamed Atta had a driver's license. Florida no longer gives full reciprocity to licenses from 20 states where procedures are lax; another primary form of ID besides a license from those states is necessary to get a Florida license. California should now top everyone's list of the lax.

Stronger medicine comes from Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, who wants to pass a law denying some federal highway funds to states that grant licenses to illegals. The ultimate answer would be for Congress to set certain minimal security standards for state driver's licenses. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators has passed a resolution opposing the granting of licenses to illegals, and is all but begging for a comprehensive effort to tighten and modernize the licensing process.

In the meantime, California needs to revoke Gray Davis' license to govern. He's dangerous.

Rich Lowry

Rich Lowry is author of Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years .
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