New York Democrats Pass Bill to Give Illegal Immigrants US Driver's Licenses
NY State Assembly passed Gov. Cuomo-backed 'Driver's License Access and Privacy Act'
Democrats in the New York State Assembly have passed a bill that will give American driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
The bill, A03675B, also known as the "Driver's License Access and Privacy Act," passed the Democratically-controlled lower chamber of the New York State Legislature with a vote of 86-47.
New York's Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed his readiness to sign the bill once it lands on his desk.
It now only needs to pass through the Dem-held New York State Senate before reaching Cuomo.
According to the Washington Examiner, the law would allow residents to use passports from other countries and other foreign-issued documents to prove their identities at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The state's Association of County Clerks is opposed to the law, arguing that its members will not always be able to identify whether foreign documents are genuine.
"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," the president of the bipartisan association said in a public statement, according to the Press-Republican.
Republican New York state Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara accused Gov. Cuomo and the Democratic leaders of the Legislature of "making New York State a haven for lawbreakers."
O'Mara also warns that the bill puts "overall public safety and security at risk, imposes another unfunded [mandate] on counties, and asks local, law-abiding public servants to break the law.”
Wisconsin's Democratic Governor #TonyEvers has laid out plans to give #IllegalImmigrants driver's licenses and ID cards during his Biennial Budget Address.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) March 6, 2019
READ MORE: https://t.co/iKfD1LEHVL#BuildTheWall
Supporters of the law claim that it will lower insurance costs, discourage hit-and-runs, and facilitate transportation of undocumented workers to and from their place of employment.
The law is not well-supported outside of the New York metropolitan area, however.
61 percent of New York voters opposed to it, according to a March Siena poll.
Some clerks have reportedly expressed their intention to disobey the law if it's passed, the upstate Press-Republican reported.
Twelve states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, allow immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses.