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Jordan's modest proposal

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Amid a downpour, why do people not simply open an umbrella? Is it because they're lazy? Or because they don't have an umbrella, thus making it tough to open one?

It's a question that — like President George W. Bush's famous "Is our children learning?" — is rarely asked. Another uncommon question was posed Monday during the state Senate's debate on the so-called "Green Light" bill, which in six months will make undocumented immigrants eligible to receive driver's licenses if they're able to provide proper documentation from their country of origin.

One of the most memorable exchanges in the floor debate was initiated when Republican Sen. Daphne Jordan of Halfmoon asked the bill's sponsor, Sen. Luis Sepulveda of the Bronx, why undocumented immigrants don't simply show a little initiative and, y'know, get documented.

Jordan opened her questioning by asking Sepulveda why the legislation was needed. The Democrat responded with a long explanation of the perilous existences of undocumented people, who fear seeing their families separated and face the danger of deportation whenever they go to work or handle mundane tasks such as taking their children to the doctor or parent-teacher conferences, even as they take on jobs "that nobody else wants to........

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