Two candidates for governor on Tuesday traded old newspaper clippings in a tiff over illegal immigration.
From his stronghold of north Georgia, Republican Nathan Deal – no doubt eager to tread familiar ground – began the discussion.
“My opponent, Roy Barnes, has a proven track record of promoting services for illegal aliens, such as welfare programs, tuition assistance and even driver’s licenses,” Deal said. “Only now is Mr. Barnes changing his tune after reading the tea leaves.
As proof, noted Republican operative and Roy Barnes biographer Dan McLagan pointed reporters to a Sept. 21, 2001 article in the AJC:
Gov. Roy Barnes said Thursday the state should grant some form of driver’s license to illegal immigrants, something that has long been a top priority of advocates for Georgia’s booming Latino population.
Barnes said the state could create an international driver’s license for non-citizens or follow the lead of North Carolina and Tennessee