Beginning next week, illegal immigrants will be able to get a driver’s license in the state of New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill earlier this year titled The Green Light Law which will allow anyone including illegal immigrants to apply for a driver’s license as long as they have the right documentation.
According to Fox News,
Illegal immigrants can use a combination of documents that include a valid passport from a foreign country and a valid foreign driver’s license, as long as it has been expired for less than two years.
“After waiting 18 years to have their right to drive restored, thanks to our legislature, New York can now officially join 12 other states in making driver’s licenses legally available to all residents,” New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Steve Choi said in a statement this week, arguing that it will make roads safer and the economy stronger.
“This is a major step forward for all New Yorkers as we keep building New York to live up to its full potential of equity, opportunity and justice,” said State Sen. Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx). “We also look forward to the significant economic and safety benefits the law will bring to communities across our state.”
The bill was challenged with multiple lawsuits but to no avail and now New York citizens and clerks are very concerned about what may result from this new law.
“My concern is that, after 9/11, New York state put a prohibition on illegals having driving licenses and now with REAL ID in 2005 after we were attacked there will be a gap from today to Oct. 1 that anyone who is here illegally can get into a federal building and can fly on our airplanes and cross our border,” said Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns.
“I am now going to have to accept a report card from a foreign country and … a foreign passport as authenticated documents. I myself as the clerk am going to have to do that,” Kearns said. “We used to have to rely on a third party, the fed government, to do that so they have diminished a New York driver’s license, and we are very concerned for our safety and security because western New York is a border to Canada.”