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Old 02-28-2019, 10:57 AM
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Default OBESE MINORITY NYC POLS support plan to give driverís licenses to illegal immigrants

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Brooklyn DA supports plan to give driverís licenses to illegal immigrants
By Bernadette Hogan
February 27, 2019 | 7:31pm | Updated February 27, 2019 | 9:53pm



DA Eric Gonzalez (Gordo-Brooklyn) plans to announce Friday that heíll become the first in the state to support giving driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.

ďI have placed a strong emphasis on road safety, which undoubtedly improves when all drivers are properly licensed, road-tested and insured, and when all vehicles are subject to inspection,Ē he said in a statement.

Gonzalez argued that licensed drivers are more likely to follow the law.

There is already state legislation pending, and the Fiscal Policy Institute estimates 265,000 immigrants would be eligible to apply if the measure passes.

Twelve states plus the District of Columbia already allow undocumented immigrants to get driverís licenses.

But some county clerks and law enforcement officials are opposed, arguing that the licenses provide an avenue for undocumenteds to feign citizenship or even vote.

Assembly sponsor Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) insists thatís not that case.

ďWhat it doesnít do Öis it doesnít give them a path to citizenship, it doesnít give them the right to vote, and it doesnít reward anything negative,Ē he said.

He said the licenses would allows families to conduct their day-to-day business, like take kids to school, and become part of their communities.

ďItís important for law enforcement to know whoís living in our neighborhoods and not force these people to live in the shadows,Ē he added.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has previously said he would support such licenses.
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Bronx DA supports granting driverís licenses to undocumented immigrants
By Bernadette Hogan
March 10, 2019 | 12:42am



Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said Saturday that she supports granting driverís licenses to undocumented immigrants, becoming the second city prosecutor to back the measure.

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez has also supported the bill.

ďGovernment should encourage people to comply, rather than standing back and hoping people violate the law so they can be arrested,Ē she said at an Albany Conference.

Clark insists law enforcement would benefit by being able to identify whom they pull over.

The measure would generate $57 million in license and registration fees annually from an 265,000 additional drivers, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Critics argue that *undocumented immigrants would use the *licenses as a loophole to obtain citizenship.

State Sen. Luis Sepulveda (D-Brooklyn), the billís sponsor, said the licenses would solely permit the right to drive, but conceded that his suburban and rural colleagues need convincing before signaling full support.

An Assembly insider said the issue has yet to be discussed with members, and that the measure is unlikely to be included in the chamberís one-house budget resolution due Monday.

Gov. Cuomo has previously said he would support the licenses.

New York would become the 12th state to greenlight the law.

ďThe Farm Bureau tells us quietly, our guys are okay with this, but we canít put out a statement,Ē Assembly sponsor Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) said, indicating the organization also fears backlash from conservative-leaning members.
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