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Golden Gate Ridge

Now that the California election is over, our Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, should announce the administration’s take on Gray Davis’s decision to sign a bill allowing illegal aliens to obtain drivers licences. Ridge couldn’t have spoken out before now, or at least not easily: The White House would have been accused of meddling in California’s election and the controversy would have shifted away from the actions of Davis and toward the behavior of the administration. But that would not be true now. If the integrity of identity documents are an important part of defending the homeland, then the California decision must be reversed–and Tom Ridge should say so. People would believe him. The polls are already on his side. How hard could it be? We’ll have to intrepret silence as an endorsement of what Davis did.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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