NYS Lawmakers Pass Bill Granting Driver's Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

Muriel Hammond
June 20, 2019

The Assembly-passed "Green Light" bill lets people use identification from their native countries, including foreign driver's licenses that are no more than two years expired.

Cuomo tossed a last-minute curveball, asking the state's Solicitor General Barbara Underwood to review the measure for possible safety concerns - threatening to veto it if he did not like her assessment, the Post noted.

For a moment, it appeared that Gov. Cuomo would not sign the law because he was anxious that giving driver's licenses to people wrongfully in the country would assist the federal government in doing its job and kicking these illegal aliens out of the United States.

But earlier Monday, Cuomo told CBS New York that he actually may not sign it.

In response, attorney general Tish James released a statement assuring Cuomo and the public that the bill would not be used to help enforce immigration law.

Undocumented immigrants may soon be able to drive in OR after the House voted 39-21 Tuesday to remove proof of legal status as a requirement for obtaining a driver's license. "If this bill is enacted and challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it".

'The legislation is well crafted and contains ample protections for those who apply for driver's licenses, ' James wrote in a statement.


"Governor Cuomo has supported this policy for over a decade".

"Today's vote shows that we as New Yorkers are committed to the dignity and safety of all our community members, especially the most marginalized among us", said bill sponsor Sen.

Twelve states and the District of Columbia already grant drivers licenses to illegal aliens, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Republicans argue that the move legitimizes illegal immigration and may allow illegal aliens to register to vote.

Despite the fact that more than 50 percent of NY state citizens are against giving illegal aliens driver's licenses, the leftist legislature and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo forced the new law known as the "Green Light Bill" onto the Empire State late last night.

The authors of the study suggested that, before the law took effect, illegal immigrants were more likely to flee the scene of an accident because their vehicles were unregistered and they feared having them impounded. The issue has remained deeply divisive since former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's abandoned executive order that would have offered licenses to noncitizens in 2007.

Supporters said the move would make roads safer and lead to less hit-and-run accidents and encourage more drivers to purchase auto insurance.

A Siena poll last week found that 53% of New Yorkers oppose the bill and about 41% support it.

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