(Tea Party PAC) – In New York, lawmakers have approved a bill that would enable illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses in spite of polling numbers indicating New Yorkers desire otherwise.
The New York State Assembly voted 87 to 61 in favor of this disastrous legislation, which would be sent to Governor Cuoo’s desk if it is passed in the state senate.
Cuomo is reportedly expected to sign the bill.
The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D) and is called the “Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act” it would permit illegal aliens to present foreign identification documents in order to obtain a driver’s license, and would provide exemptions for anyone who cannot present a Social Security Number, which is certainly required for native-born or legal Americans living in New York.
The bill also seeks “restrictions on the release of records to agencies primarily enforcing immigration law.”
“This legislation addresses the long-held need by undocumented immigrants and workers to secure driving privileges not only to get back and forth to work but to conduct tasks in their personal lives like going to doctor visits and taking their children to school,” the bill’s ‘Justification’ segment reads.
“This legislation allows for the issuance of a driver’s license, protects the data of those applying for such privilege from unwarranted release and moves New York closer to recognizing the huge and positive economic impact undocumented residents have on the economy.”
Here is a summary of the bill:
“Section three amends subdivision 1 of VTL § 502 to expand the types of proofs of identity that could be submitted with an application for a non-commercial driver’s license that does not meet federal standards for identification to include a valid, unexpired foreign passport issued by the applicant’s country of citizenship (which could also be submitted as proof of age), a valid unexpired consular identification document issued by a consulate from the applicant’s country of citizenship, and a valid foreign driver’s license that includes the applicant’s photo image and which is either unexpired, or is expired for less than 24 months from its date of expiration. Additionally, persons who lack a Social Security number (SSN) could instead submit a signed affidavit that they have not been issued an SSN.”
The New York Association of County Clerks is voicing their opposition to the legislation on the basis of an “expected onslaught” of applicants using documents that staffers would not be able to verify.
“County level DMVs have not been required to verify foreign documents in the past as this is currently a federal function, most commonly done during the working visa process,” association president Judith Hunter said in a statement.
A poll from Siena College found that 61% of New Yorkers actually oppose the bill, as the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports.
New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara (R) slammed the legislation, accusing Cuomo as his fellow Democrats of turing their state into a “haven for lawbreakers.”
“It is a radical, irresponsible, and reckless agenda,” O’Mara said in a statement. “I warned before this new legislative session even started that this state would be turned upside down at breakneck speed. Following outrageous parole releases and other questionable actions in the name of ‘criminal justice,’ the next step is to reward lawbreaking illegal immigrants with a government-issued driver’s license.”
“It puts overall public safety and security at risk, imposes another unfunded mandates on counties, and asks local, law-abiding public servants to break the law.”