It was a valiant effort by the New York Governor to stand up for the safety of his state's citizens and also send a message that the xenophobia sweeping the country needs to be fought. But Spitzer announced yesterday that his plan was doomed to failure because of opposition from the state legislature. According to the Times:

"You have perhaps seen me struggle with it because I thought we had
a principled decision, and it's not necessarily easy to back away from
trying to move a debate forward," he [Spitzer] said.

But he came to
believe the proposal would ultimately be blocked, he said, either by
legal challenges, a vote by the Legislature to deny financing for the
Department of Motor Vehicles or a refusal by upstate county clerks to
carry it out.