Democrats in New York seem determined to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. They claim this is going to make New York safer.
Critics wonder if this is really about making it possible for these people to vote.
The New York Post reports:
Cuomo signs bill granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday night signed legislation granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants — shortly after the controversial measure passed the state Senate.
Cuomo’s action came despite throwing supporters a last minute curveball by asking the state’s top civil attorney, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, to review the measure for possible safety concerns — threatening to veto it if he didn’t like her assessment.
“You could create a database for the feds to use to actually track down undocumented people,” Cuomo said on WAMC radio. “California passed a law, and they are now in litigation.”
But Underwood’s boss, Attorney General Tish James, later released a statement amid the Monday-night vote arguing that the bill is legally sound.
“The legislation is well-crafted and contains ample protections for those who apply for driver’s licenses. If this bill is enacted and challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it,” she said.
One official in upstate New York, which is very different politically than New York City, says he will not comply.
FOX News reports:
Upstate New York clerk ‘will not be granting drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants,’ contrary to new law: report
An upstate New York clerk is criticizing legislation that lets undocumented migrants apply for drivers’ licenses, saying he “will not be granting drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.”
The measure was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, hours after it passed the state Senate. It passed the Assembly last week.
In a letter Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns sent to attorney Michael Siragusa on Tuesday, he asked for representation in a lawsuit over the legislation in federal court, WIVB in Buffalo reported.
Siragusa did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
WIVB reported that a spokesperson for the attorney said the letter had been delivered, and that he “will be reviewing the request to make a determination on any potential action.”
The law makes New York the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses for immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
Why do so many Democrats bend over backwards to do things for non-citizens?