Gov. Eliot Spitzer finally picked up a friend in the increasingly bitter debate over his move to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes called it “strictly a matter of fairness” and said Spitzer “should be applauded for taking a pro-active approach on this issue, while the federal government has done little to address immigration reform.”
“Governor Spitzer’s actions will shine a light on those who are willing to become productive members of our society and workforce. As such, greater scrutiny will reduce the opportunities for those who would otherwise take advantage of individuals willing to work and provide for their families. The ability to protect a workers’ livelihood is essential, regardless of immigration status.
“As a progressive, enlightened society it is our responsibility to ensure a level playing field for all who want to work in this country. This policy change is a step toward eliminating exploitation.”