In the first sign that states like New York could face federal pushback for their attempts to grant increasingly legalized status to their undocumented populations, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf sent out a memo this week ordering a full-scale review of state laws that allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses.
“Accordingly, I am instructing each operational component to conduct an assessment of the impact of these laws, so that the Department is prepared to deal with and counter these impacts as we protect the homeland,” Wolf stated in the memo.
In a public statement, DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift denounced efforts by Democrat-controlled states to put illegal aliens on a tacit path to citizenship.
“Laws like New York’s greenlight law have dangerous consequences that have far reaches beyond the DMV,” Swift said Tuesday. “These types of laws make it easier for terrorists and criminals to obtain fraudulent documents and also prevent DHS investigators from accessing important records that help take down child pornography and human trafficking rings and combat everything from terrorism to drug smuggling.”
The last aspect of the New York law is the one that troubles federal officials the most. Because New York legislators realized that simply putting illegal aliens on the DMV books would give federal immigration authorities a quick-and-easy guidemap to carry out deportation arrests, they included in the law a clause that prohibits Homeland Security Investigations from accessing DMV information. This not only serves to protect illegal aliens but could also severely hinder the Trump administration’s ability to investigate crimes of all types, including terrorism.
“Never before in our history have we seen politicians make such rash and dangerous decisions to end all communication and cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement,” Swift said in her statement. “The Secretary is prepared to take every measure necessary to ensure the safety and security of the homeland and we look forward to the recommendations of our agents and officers in the field.”
This is, unfortunately, not one of those situations where right-thinking Americans can simply wait for Democrats to hang themselves by their own profound arrogance and stupidity. History has shown that laws, once enacted and accepted, are terribly difficult to repeal, no matter how catastrophic the damage. And since these laws open the door to terrifying consequences in the realm of crime and voter fraud, the time to act is now.