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Default NY Assembly passes bill to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants

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NY Assembly passes bill to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants
By Bernadette Hogan
June 12, 2019 | 7:31pm | Updated June 12, 2019 | 9:49pm

ALBANY — The New York State Assembly green-lighted a controversial bill Wednesday that would grant illegal immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license.

The measure passed the Democratic-run house 86 to 47.

But the legislation’s fate is uncertain the state Senate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would sign the proposal into law if it reaches his desk.

“This legislation is in the best interest of the entire state of New York,” said Assembly spic sponsor Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx).

“It is more beneficial to communities outside the City of New York—where transportation is fully accessible in our neighborhoods as opposed to communities on Long Island and in upstate—there are clear economic gains for the state of New York, there are great revenues coming to our rural communities.”

Supporters argue it will increase road safety, and several city district attorneys back the measure, insisting being able to identify drivers will assist law enforcement.

About 265,000 people would be eligible for the licenses, which would generate $57 million in annual revenue, according to studies.

But Republicans, county clerks and certain members of law enforcement argue the driver’s licenses would confer voting privileges on illegal immigrants, conflict with federal law and encourages identity theft.

“I’m worried about DMV being able to comply with law enforcement and ensuring the data systems that they use will have accurate information,” said former cop and Assemblyman Mike Reilly (R-Staten Island).

The legislation has hit hurdles in the Democratic-controlled state Senate, which plans to conference the matter on Thursday, as suburban and rural lawmakers are cautious, citing safety and legal concerns.

“There are certain safety concerns that have been raised by law enforcement agencies about how an ID can be used,” Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Nassau) said last week.

Meanwhile, New York voters aren’t on board, according to a new Siena College poll released Monday.

Only 41% back of state voters back the legislation, with 53% opposed.

Opposition was overwhelming upstate — 62% of upstaters gave a thumb’s-down to providing licenses to undocumented residents . A majority of suburban voters also expressed objections, and New York City voters were split on the measure.

The legislative session ends in six days, on June 19.
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