Speaking of privileges that Democrats inexplicably think illegal immigrants deserve: In New York, the Democratic legislature just passed and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called “Green Light Bill,” making an estimated 265,000 illegal immigrants eligible to receive driver’s licenses.
But at least there are some government officials left in New York who still have an understanding of the rudiments of law and the responsibilities of their offices. That’s why county clerks in several counties are refusing to comply with the new state law.
One county clerk said that in the memo of the law, it says it was passed to help illegal immigrants get to work. But it’s against federal law to hire illegal immigrants, so the law specifically states that it was passed to help people violate federal law. If the clerks comply with it, they might be liable as accessories to lawbreaking.
I can’t help but be reminded of Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, whose case I took up after she was jailed for refusing to sign off on same-sex marriage licenses. For that stand, she’s been mocked and vilified, sued, voted out of office and hit with ruinous legal bills. But while most of the publicity centered on her Christian religious beliefs, virtually no media outlets reported that Davis had petitioned state officials to change the marriage license forms to reflect the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. When they failed to do their job, she and other county clerks were expected to alter the state forms personally, which would have made them liable for violating the law.
In both of these cases, county clerks are being pressured to violate the law because virtue-signaling leftists in higher positions wanted to magically remake society and couldn’t be bothered to worry about little details like all the laws that would have to be changed to accommodate it.
You know, looking at the Democratic Presidential contenders, I wondered why people who had only held positions such as mayor of a small city or one-term House Representative thought they were qualified to be promoted to President. But I now think some states would be a lot better off if they replaced their Governors and Senators with their county clerks.