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Dear Editor:
In your editorial comments on 4/12/04 you wrote about the Executive Order sign by Governor Baldacci of Maine and of Florida Governor, Jeb Bush's, support for drivers' licenses for illegal aliens. Yes, our governor has given us the dubious distinction of being the first "sanctuary" state in the country. In doing so he has aroused more interest in the issue than we've been able to do. It also appears that he may have violated at least two, and possible three, sections of Title 8. Sections 1373 and 1644 of Title 8 provide, in brief, that the federal government can't force state and local governments to share information, but those state and local governments and their officers can't legally forbid their employees from sharing information with INS (now DHS). Also, Section 1621 of Title 8 says, in brief, that no public benefits can be provided to illegal aliens by state or local governments, unless the state or local government actually passes a law saying that they want to provide such benefits to illegal aliens. If the Governor's order permits illegal aliens to receive public benefits, it may leave the state and its employees open to legal action. And, by the way, it appears that the effort to provide drivers' licenses to illegal aliens in Florida is dead. Seems there was a lot of opposition to the idea.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME



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