The NY Times op-ed explains that one must examine the risk/benefit ratio of granting drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. Spitzer wants to make NY highways safer by insuring that all drivers are trained, licensed and insured. As the op-ed points out, Spitzers plan has the added benefit of putting names and addresses to the persons being granted a drivers license. Moreover, the op-ed says security expert Richard Clarke supports the plan.
Richard Clarke, an adviser under the last four presidents, mostly on national security issues, has said that making driver’s licenses available to immigrants regardless of their legal status would promote security because “it is far preferable for the state to know who is living in it and driving on its roads."Lastly, the op-ed rightly claims that illegal immigrantion is a national problem that can only be effectively addressed in Washington, not on the State level. Citizens truly concerned about illegal immigrants should be complaining to their congressional representatives rather than unloading on Eliot Spitzer.