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No Licenses This Year


The bill to give illegal aliens Florida drivers licenses is dead for now , despite the support of Gov. Jeb Bush, who might well have suffered Gray Davis’s fate had he followed through. The sponsor of the bill, Miami Republican Sen. Rudy Garcia, persisted in framing the issue as whether the applicants’ identity could be properly verified, rather than whether illegal aliens should be incorporated into our institutions in the first place. And even the security hurdle is insuperable — foreign governments would be relied on to vouch for their own citizens. Mexico’s consul general in Miami said information supplied by his government is “absolutely trustworthy” — this on the same weekend the Washington Post ran a long piece on Mexico’s seemingly ineradicable culture of corruption .