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NY Assembly votes to give driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

The legislative session ends next week.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 9:37 AM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 6:11 PM

The Assembly has passed legislation allowing illegal immigrants to get a driver’s license, but the Senate has yet to act – and local lawmakers say they don't plan to approve it.

The legislative session ends next week.

The bill is backed by the business council of New York, and the governor says he will sign it, if it passes.

State Senator James Seward is against it.

The Republican says driving is a privilege, not a right, and should be reserved for those who are citizens or come to this country legally.

“The other dangerous thing about the driver’s licenses is we have what's called motor voter registration here in New York, when someone actually gets a driver’s license that information goes to the local board of elections, and they are on the voter rolls and to have illegal immigrants. Even with the potential of showing up on our voting rolls it’s just plain wrong,” said Seward.

Senator Griffo agrees, and adds that it will make it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs.

And despite it passing, local members of the Assembly were against the plan.

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