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Contra Costa Times: no driver's licenses for illegal aliens - 06/16/05

The Contra Costa Times comes out against CA Sen.

Gil Cedillo, driver's licenses for illegal aliens, Part 48310 - 05/19/05

The latest attempt from CA Sen. Gil Cedillo (Democrat - Los Angeles, Mexico) to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens has passed a Senate committee. It now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Note that this current bill is good ol' SB 60, which is distinct from SB 591.

"Backdoor license plan" - 05/06/05

The L.A. Daily News reports on Gil Cedillo's latest attempts:
SACRAMENTO -- Stymied in his efforts to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, Sen.

The SJ Mercury's "special" editorial board - 05/06/05

The San Jose Merc has an editorial entitled "Special licenses better than nothing" which supports giving illegal aliens a special version of a California driver's license. That would be, unfortunately, permissible under the Real ID Act.

In addition to generally opposing the Real ID Act, they also complain that the Act would "force California to spend millions of dollars in the next three years creating and storing digital images without being reimbursed for the costs." Hmmm...

Yet another attempt by Gil Cedillo to keep illegal aliens driving - 05/04/05

Gil Cedillo is back with a new bill. However, this isn't trying to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

Rather, it would waive the impound period for those who are here illegally and who are caught driving without a licenses. At the very least you have to applaud Cedillo for his persistence and creativity.

From S.B.

Arnold gives far-lefties the faints - 04/19/05

SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday urged that the U.S. "close the borders" to combat illegal immigration, though an aide quickly clarified his comment, explaining that the governor merely wants the borders better policed.

Schwarzenegger, taking questions at the Newspaper Assn. of America convention, described border security as a "lax situation" and urged tougher measures...
The LAT ends with the relatively measured thoughts of CA state Sen. Gil Cedillo. Gil "one bill gil" Cedillo is the sponsor of innumerable bills to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Posts about him start in "Actors, writers and musicians want you to pay all the costs for their cheap labor". In addition to stating that we should give driver's licenses to illegal aliens because "they were here first," here's another one of his quotes:
"Latinos have displaced other work communities - clothing, hotel, and restaurant industries that used to be done by blacks and anglos... Since Latinos are now central to union revitalization, through immigration and high birth rates unions can be partisan for full Latino empowerment."
Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Democrats were quick to react to the governor's statement with outrage. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez issued a statement saying Schwarzenegger should "ratchet down this rhetoric and retreat from this narrow-minded approach to immigration."

Nunez argued that the idea reflects the approach of "political extremists, not rational policy-makers,'" and said that "even President Bush rejects the idea of a closed border with Mexico."
You can read up on Nunez here and here. Tell me who's the extremist.

The Chronical also includes outraged quotes from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

NYT editorial: "On Guard, America" - 02/15/05

[also posted here]

The editorial "On Guard, America" (link) says: "Eleven states grant [driver's licenses to illegal immigrants] as a way to encourage highway safety and accident insurance coverage."

That statement is disingenuous at best.

9/11 hijacker used bypass code to obtain California [driver's] license - 02/06/05

[Cross-posted to the Command-Post and]
SACRAMENTO -- The terrorist believed to have flown a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on Sept.

Driver's licenses for illegal aliens flops in Redding - 02/06/05

From Lawmaker wants to ease driver's license rules:

Hollywood stars' powers of persuasion are apparently negligible in the north state when it comes to the issue of providing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants...

[...Gil Cedillo and his Let Our Nannies Drive bill...]

But the glitz and glamour has had little effect on shoppers interviewed Frida

Actors, writers and musicians want you to pay all the costs for their cheap labor - 01/24/05

"Actors, writers and musicians push for immigrant drivers licenses" (link):

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood stars are joining the fight to get driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in California with a new ad featuring a mock award for "Best Nanny."

"Driver's licenses: California should not ease rules for illegals" - 12/10/04

From a San Diego Union-Tribune editorial:

At least some of the Sept. 11 terrorists, all Arabs, obtained illegal driver's licenses and used them to board airliners on that horrific day. Which is why the issue of granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants is a matter of pressing national security concern.

Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, has led a long-running campaign to enact a bill allowing illegal immigrants to obtain California driver's licenses freely.

Fox of Mexico to get tough with the U.S.A. - 10/18/04

More threats from our friends to the south:

In recent days Mexican President Vicente Fox and his Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Ernesto Derbez, have sent barbed messages to the U.S.A. The main message - Mexico plans to get tough with the U.S.A. regarding the treatment of migrant workers in this country and the services they should receive...

"The Terminator vows to terminate licenses for immigrants" - 09/22/04

This article in Kansas City's Dos Mundos offers a standard story on Gil Cedillo's "public safety" bill to give driver's licenses for "immigrants" (actually, illegal aliens).

What's interesting is the photo from an anti-Arnold protest. It features two masked protesters wearing... Che Guevara T-Shirts. Keep those protests coming!

"Bustamante urged to step in and sign [illegal alien driver's license bill]" - 09/01/04

From the SacBee:

State Sen. Gil Cedillo on Tuesday called on Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante to sign his bill to allow illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses if the measure reaches his desk while Gov.

How soon could we recall the entire California government? - 08/27/04

Gil Cedillo might soon get Moter Voter cards driver's licenses into the hands of illegal aliens. The CA Assembly has just passed another bill into which SB1160 - the previous driver's license bill - had been inserted. Now it goes to the governor to be signed into law or vetoed.

Spot the error, Part #4932 - 08/25/04

Can you spot the error(s) in the following newspaper report from Torrance, CA's Daily Breeze?

Cedillo pushes immigrant license bill


"Legalization for all. Licenses for all." - 08/12/04

That's what's on the signs in the picture on this report of Gil Cedillo's latest attempt to get driver's licenses for illegal aliens:

Cedillo issued a news release Wednesday in Sacramento stating that he received a proposal from Schwarzenegger listing conditions under which the governor would support Senate Bill 1160.

But Schwarzenegger aides denied any such proposal.

Pro-illegal immigration advocates seemingly have no shame - 06/24/04

They're attempting to not-so-subtly paint Schwarzenegger as a Nazi if he doesn't support Gil Cedillo's legal-driver's-licenses-for-illegal-aliens bill: Tarzana a group of five rabbis from the Valley and one from Hollywood said they support giving licenses to illegal immigrants, but object to the governor's suggestion that such licenses have a mark which identifies the person as an illegal.

"It is inappropriate at best and deeply upsetting at worst," said Rabbi Dan Moscovitz of Temple Jude

Time to make some phone calls - 03/24/04

From the John and Ken (KFI radio-Los Angeles) blog:

We have contacted all the Republicans in the State Senate and the State Assembly asking one question- how will you be voting on Senator Gil Cedillo's Illegal Alien Driver License Bill (SB1160)?

...If you DO NOT see your Senator or Assembly member, then they have replied with a big fat NO to SB1160. For those who have not replied to any phone messages or seem to be on the fence about the issue, we have kindly made available their contact information.

Schwarzenegger, Cedillo "working hard together" to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens - 03/17/04

Here's a radio interview with CA state Senator Gil Cedillo. He's the author of a bill that would give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. The interview took place on a Spanish-language radio station and was translated by KFI:

Radio host: Respect the Sombrero, the huaraches (leather sandals). But, they don't want to respect us, senator, they don't want to give us licenses. How is this bill coming along, the driver's license bill?

Senator Cedillo: As far as the governor is concerned, everything is all right.

Are Schwarzenegger and Cedillo trying to pull a fast one? - 03/08/04

Heard on the John and Ken Show (KFI Los Angeles):

According to Ron Prince of, the new CA driver's licenses for illegal aliens bill is designed to be "referendum-proof" and if it passes, an initiative would need to be created to overturn it. The next time an initiative could be voted on would be two years from now. No web page with this information is available yet.

Gil Cedillo: using a horrible crime for political purposes - 03/01/04

You might recall the story of the Fremont mother and daughter who were murdered in Fremont a month ago. They were illegal aliens, and one of their family members tried to blame their murders on the fact that they didn't have driver's licenses. They were murdered while walking to work; if they'd had driver's licenses they could have taken a car.

Boxer foes court Bush, but oppose immigration plan - 03/01/04

From the San Diego Union Tribune (link):
The four candidates seeking the GOP nomination to run for the U.S. Senate [generally agree with Bush except] on one issue - President Bush's plan to allow millions of illegal immigrants to have temporary legal status - the candidates have been willing to openly criticize the president.

...As a group, they've taken a tougher stance on immigrants than the president, reflecting a split in the Republican Party between hard-liners and those wishing to accommodate illegal immigrants and their employers.

...[Proposition 187] - passed but later overturned in court - soured relations between Republicans and Latino voters for years.

By contrast, Bush, while governor of Texas, courted Latinos, enjoying good relations with voters and Mexican government officials. [NOTE: Lonewacko suggests googling "Bandar Bush" for an example from another country.]

Bush said his plan, announced last month, would make U.S. laws "more rational and humane" by allowing immigrants with a job to have a three-year renewable work permit.

Under the plan, the immigrant gets a temporary worker card allowing him to travel back and forth to his home country.

...Kaloogian called the president's immigration plan unworkable because it will encourage more immigration... [Kaloogian opposes Bush's plan, but wants to support Bush on other matters...]

...[Toni Casey] opposes the president's plan because she believes it amounts to amnesty for illegal immigrants, and prefers a guest-worker program instead.

..."I compliment the president for bringing the issue up, but I don't think the measure fits California," [Bill Jones] said.

...[Rosario] Marin said she opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants...

...Republican analyst Allan Hoffenblum said the division between the Senate candidates and Bush reflects some anger against immigrants in California.

"I think you saw candidates playing to their audience," he said after a debate at the state Republican convention earlier this month in Burlingame.

He also said that hard-liners might be on the rise within a Republican Party that has tried for years to win back Latino voters turned off by Proposition 187 in 1994.

"Some of us said we thought we learned our lesson in 1994," he said. "But now some hard-core immigrant-bashers are creeping back."
First of all, Rosario Marin is indeed opposed to amnesty. However, she supports the Bush/Fox Amnesty, because she doesn't think it's amnesty. In other words, while she might have problems with Bush's plan, she generally supports it. I've included several quotes in the extended entry supporting my contention; click 'MORE' directly below to read them.

As for the article itself, I've bolded places where the word "immigrant" or "immigration" should have either been preceded by that other word "illegal" or should not have been personalized (i.e., "illegal immigration" should have been used instead of "immigrant.") Some of those instances might not be the reporter's or editor's fault.

I also find the section headings a bit "interesting:" "Bashing immigration Various ideas" and "Rise of hard-liners Former Mexican." Huh?

Also, contrary to what Allan Hoffenblum or the CW states, Proposition 187 was initially supported by Latinos, believe it or not. The problem was a) lies told by the opposition, and b) anti-immigrant messages from its proponents. The problem would appear not to have been 187 itself so much as the selling efforts of both sides. See this:
In 1994, the campaign for Proposition 187, the anti- illegal-immigrant ballot initiative in California, degenerated into a racially charged referendum on the state's demographic evolution. While early polls indicated the heavily American-born Latino electorate didn't feel much solidarity with illegal immigrants, a growing belief that the initiative's supporters were not distinguishing between illegal and legal immigrants - or foreign- and American-born Latinos - led Latino voters to soundly reject the measure. But it still passed.
Allan Hoffenblum and others have learned the wrong message from 187.

Click 'MORE' directly below to see the Marin coverage where she supports the Bush/Fox Amnesty:

A look at how Marin stands on some key issues (link):
IMMIGRATION REFORM -- Supports Bush efforts to reform immigration but said, "Before I would support legislation involving any of the ideas he has proposed, I would require that we dedicate the resources and personnel necessary to securing our borders." Calls on Mexico to do its part in securing the border. "Mexico must help us to secure our common border on its side to stop illegal immigration."
Boxer Gets Backing From Latino Group in Primary (link):
she received glowing introductions from state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) and Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa [NOTE: both are former members of the racial separatist organization MEChA -LW]
Race for Boxer's U.S. Senate seat subdued (link):
Marin, who came to the United States from Mexico as a teen-ager, strongly supports President Bush's plan to create a guest worker program for immigrants now in the country illegally. Kaloogian has repeatedly attacked the president's proposal. Jones and Casey also oppose it, but less vociferously.
Senate candidate Marin blames Mexico for illegal immigration (link):
Former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, one of four Republican candidates challenging Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, said Thursday that economic and legal problems in Mexico were primarily to blame for this country's "failed immigration policy."

Marin, a Mexican immigrant, called on leaders of that country to stimulate the economy of Mexico by restructuring its tax system, encouraging private investment and funding $50 billion in repairs to its national power grid...

Valerie Walston, spokeswoman for Republican senatorial candidate and former California Secretary of State Bill Jones, criticized Marin for failing to address key issues closer to home such as the granting of driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
A fighting chance against Boxer (link):
On immigration, Messrs. Jones and Kaloogian oppose President Bush's recent proposal for a kind of guest-worker program, but the program is supported by Ms. Marin. Mr. Jones said the Bush administration "has not protected the border." Mr. Kaloogian wants to stop illegal immigrants sending money back to their home countries by requiring banks to check for "the proper identification" - a matter we believe is separate from the immigration issue.

Ms. Marin supports President Bush's guest-worker program and insists that critics are wrong in calling it an amnesty program. "Some of the candidates want to trash our president," she said. "I want to help our president." She also favors prodding Mexico to reform its anti-business policies to encourage job growth there so immigrants feel less compelled to go north.
Marin Draws a Contrast to Past GOP Candidates (link):
Marin is the only one of the candidates to support Bush's immigrant guest-worker plan, which has been criticized by some Republicans as a faulty "amnesty" policy. Latinos, on the other hand, criticize Marin for being blindly loyal to the president.

"She makes a good house Mexican for the Republicans," read a mass e-mail by Steven J. Ybarra, a Democratic National Committee official...

Marin, occasionally looking up from her printed remarks, called Bush's guest-worker plan a good first step, but she spent most of her time criticizing Mexico for not doing enough to stem the flow of illegal immigration.

Afterward, Marin was repeatedly questioned about whether she backs legislation that would withhold federal aid to states that approve driver's licenses for illegal immigrants...

The reporter persisted. Marin called the legislation a "Band-Aid" approach but did not give her stance.

Top Contributors To Arnold [Schwarzenegger] By Industry - 02/15/04

The chart (from includes this Arnold quote: "Any of those kinds of real big, powerful special interests, if you take money from them you owe them something".

See also "Schwarzenegger patrons provide money, support":

Schwarzenegger is turning

"A desperate governor makes rash promises" - 08/06/03

The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin both have editorials opposing SB60, Gil Cedillo's bill (now supported by Governor Gumby Davis) to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens:

"Easing license rules a wrong move for state"

"Unlicensed aliens: A desperate governor makes rash promises"

(Via DailyPundit and CalBlog)

The L.A. Times prints a correction - 07/10/03

In a previous post I complained about an LAT article that had a statement from CA State Senator Gil Cedillo in which he stated that illegal aliens could join the U.S. military.

The LAT has now printed a "For the record" section in which they state that only legal residents and citizens can join the military. Lonewacko gets results, but Lonewacko doesn't crow about it.

"They were here first" - 11/21/02

[UPDATE: The link doesn't work anymore, here's an archive, full quote below.]

KCET's Life & Times did a report a while back featuring California State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, who created a bill to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens. "For public safety." Yeah, right.