- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Every now and again, stupidity begets stupidity.

The elected leaders of the District are proving they aren’t interested in statehood but some bizarre form of sovereignty.

As Americans try to recover from the shock and awe of the Boston bombings, and lawmakers and law enforcement officers ponder how best to keep us safer, the D.C. Council is considering legislation that would turn the nation’s capital into America’s “sanctuary capital.”

Already a sanctuary city, D.C. officials want to hand out government ID cards, including driver’s permits, to illegal immigrants.

The Non-Driver’s Identification Card/Driver’s License Amendment Act of 2013 would loosen restrictions on the issuance of driver’s licenses and non-driver’s IDs. The latter are routinely given to senior citizens and disabled residents who do not operate vehicles. They also are given to substance abusers and people who live elsewhere so they can qualify for social service programs, such as housing, food and health care.

As if that weren’t enough, the legislation piggybacks on an executive fiat at the hands of the mayor that already exempts city police from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status.

This is the kind of stupidity that fires up Leo Alexander, a former TV newsman who challenged Vincent C. Gray in the 2010 mayor’s race.

Mr. Alexander says relaxed immigration laws and lax enforcement are leading causes of high black unemployment rates in the District and elsewhere, and he and other blacks took a stand Wednesday against the U.S. immigration reform measure being mulled on Capitol Hill because “nobody asked the question.”

“Nobody asked the important question about how the immigration bill would impact blacks,” said Mr. Alexander, a member of the African American Leadership Council, which held a news conference Wednesday.

The council - a coalition of clergy, media personalities and others, including the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson - issued an acute message to the Congressional Black Caucus, demanding that lawmakers acknowledge the “devastating impact” a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants would have on the black Americans.

“With unemployment at 7.6 percent, this is preposterous,” talk radio host Charles Butler said. “I think most everyone can agree on the need to support working- and middle-class citizens during a depressed economy. This bill would provide green cards and residency benefits to illegal aliens when many Americans are hurting the most. What makes sense is for America’s jobs to be reserved for people who are legally entitled to compete for them.”

His comments are at once insightful and inciteful.

While we really and truly do not know how many illegal immigrants are in America, the figure 11 million pours out of all manner of immigration memes.

Meanwhile, an estimated 25,000 are suspected of calling D.C. home, and the city’s unemployment rate stood at a frightful 8.6 percent in February.

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