Immigration advocates, who say the tough measures unfairly turn state officials into INS agents, and critics who say that loosening the requirements would help terrorists, both point to remarks Eliot Spitzer and his spokesperson made during the campaign as the reason they’ve mobilized.
But sources close to Eliot Spitzer, as of yesterday, maintained that there are no plans at all to change the requirements for getting a license. Depending on your interpretation, either the governor is backing away from something he once intended to do, or the seal-the-borders group opposing an imagined measure is ginning up a scare — and getting a bunch of attention — for nothing.
UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly, a consultant who helped organize yesterday’s press conference by the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License opposing any prospective looseing of license requirements, just sent me the following email:
— Azi Paybarah