Eliot Spitzer’s driver’s license plan just got endorsed by Clark Kent Ervin, the former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In a public statement distributed by Spitzer’s office, Ervin, now the Director of the Homeland Security Program at the Aspen Institute, said:
“Absent federal action, states have no choice but to deal with the realities of illegal immigration. Governor Spitzer is right to be guided by reason and reality rather than emotion. It might make some feel good to deny driver’s licenses to those here illegally. But such a policy will do little, if anything, to protect the security of a state’s residents, and may in fact make the already difficult job of identifying terrorists even harder.”
Also supporting Spitzer’s second plan is City Councilman David Weprin, who is running for City Comptroller.
“The Governor’s plan will serve as a model for the country as the federal requirements for REAL ID are rolled out and imposed on states and Governor’s are forced to address the responsibility of bringing undocumented populations out of the shadows.”
(It’s worth noting that one of Weprin’s possible opponents for comptroller, John Liu, opposes Spitzer’s new plan.)