‘Green Light Bill’ Allowing NYS Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Passed Into Law

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The State Senate yesterday (June 17) passed a bill that confirms the Assembly’s efforts to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a New York driver’s license.

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The bill narrowly passed the Senate and was signed immediately into Governor Cuomo, but with some reservations.

Earlier in the day, Cuomo said he was concerned the legislation might allow federal immigration officials to access DMV records to gain information about undocumented immigrants to help prosecute them.

Supporters of the law say immigrants need licenses to work and provide for their families. Those in opposition say it will only continue allowing them to keep breaking the law and could lead to voter fraud.

New York now joins twelve other states who have already OK’d driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

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