John Kerry bravely <A
the Spanish-language network Telemundo that he opposes state
laws which give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens: “I think that driver’s
licenses are part of the legality of being here.”
Kerry’s stance is remarkable, given that President Bush’s own brother,
Florida Governor Jeb Bush <A
favored giving illegal aliens driver’s licenses because “once they’re
here, what do you do? Do you say that they’re lepers to society? That they
don’t exist? It seems that a policy that ignores them is a policy of denial.”
The politics of this issue strongly favor Kerry’s view, not Jeb
Bush’s. Former California Governor Gray Davis lost his office in part
because of his endorsement of driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.
Is Kerry planning to run to the right of President Bush on issues like
language and illegal immigration? Perhaps, especially if Kerry chooses
Iowa’s Governor Tom Vilsack as his running mate.
Vilsack signed an official
English bill two years ago after getting a <A
million increase in spending for English as a Second Language
programs. Vilsack may have been a reluctant signer, but his signature is
on the legislation.