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Governor Patrick vetoed a bill that would require proof of legal residence before an applicant could register a vehicle in the state.

He said allowing an illegal alien to own a vehicle would not jeopardize public safety and is simply a disguised means to identify and police undocumented people in Massachusetts.

Fortunately, the Senate and House overrode his veto, allowing the common sense measure to stay.

We think Patrick goes way too far in trying to protect the rights of illegal aliens. He and his administration might want to try a different tact — upholding the rights of those of us who are legal.

Perhaps Patrick hasn’t noticed how many of us are out of work, are struggling to pay our bills and care for our children. Massachusetts, along with the rest of the country, would be better served to take care of its legal citizens and worry about the illegals once that is done.

In so many areas of this country, there are U.S. citizens without homes, food, clothing. The idea of a homeless veteran is now accepted as the norm and those suffering with mental diseases continue to elicit scorn rather than real help.

The idea of caring for all people is noble but not realistic. Our resources are not infinite.

And, there is a process for legalization. All who want to live here must follow it. No shortcuts to gain the privileges that should be available only to U.S. citizens.