Alienating the Anti-Aliens


Immigration restrictionistas are hopping mad over the White House's request that House Republicans drop immigration-tightening provisions from the 9/11 Commission-related security bill. The measures, which were not included in the Senate's version of the legislation, would have sped up deportation of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally in the last five years, blocked federal employees from accepting foreign matricular IDs, and made it more difficult for illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. Supporters say the Bush Administration previously signed off on each of these measures, and are calling the request "an act of utter hypocrisy."