The Democrat-led State Assembly yesterday (June 12) passed the controversial Green Light Bill, which Republican opponents have warned will allow illegal immigrants to obtain a New York Drivers license.
One of those Republicans is District 126 Assemblyman Gary Finch:
“I’m urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Senate to reject this senseless attack on citizenship.
This is the linchpin of the Democrats’ ongoing effort to normalize illegal immigration. It’s wrong. It was wrong when Democrats voted to give illegals free college tuition. It was wrong for Democrats to give criminals facing deportation taxpayer-funded lawyers.
This is even worse than that.”
Supporters of the bill say it will make our roads safer, since undocumented immigrants are already on the roads driving unlicensed. This bill would now require those people to be trained, tested and insured before getting behind the wheel.
They also pointed out that until 2001, driver’s licenses were extended to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie:
“While opponents continue to spread misinformation and stoke fears about the bill’s intent and consequences, the Assembly Majority will continue to put the needs of New Yorkers first.
The legislation we passed today will promote public safety, protect our state’s economy and ensure every New Yorker can integrate into their community and care for their family.
Making sure that every driver is trained, tested and insured will make New York’s roads safer for everyone and ensure that our industries have the labor they need to keep our economy moving.”
The Assembly also passed on Tuesday (June 11) new legislation that would prohibit sellers from charging more for similar products on the basis of gender.
A recent study says women pay seven percent more on average for these products than for men.
Both of those bills now head to the State Senate for further consideration.