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New York Passes Law Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Obtain Driver’s Licenses

June 18, 2019 - 8:31 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Following Assembly passage last week, the state Senate passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last night which will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York.

The right had been previously revoked post 9/11.

The issue has become more controversial given President Donald Trump’s hard line against illegal immigration.

Bill sponsor Senator Luis Sepulveda, a Democrat, said, “Undocumented immigrants should not fear, should not fear getting pulled over and being separated from their families.”

Republicans are opposed, along with some moderate Democrats from the suburbs, mainly Long Island.

Hudson Valley Republican Senator Daphne Jordan said, “Your bill gives a green light to fraud, danger and ultimately, illegal immigrants voting.”

This new license cannot be used to vote. It cannot be used as a federal I.D either.

Supporters say this will increase safety, the number of insured drivers and reduce hit-and-run accidents.

Gov. Cuomo signed the bill after being assured the license information could not be used as a road map for federal immigration agents.

According to a recent Siena poll, more than half of New Yorkers don’t support the legislation.

New York will be the 13th state to authorize driver's licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.