County Clerks urging the state to pump the brakes on Green Light Law

County Clerks from throughout the area are urging the state to pump the brakes on the new Green Light Law. The law allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a license without proof of citizenship in New York State.

Posted: Dec 13, 2019 6:29 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2019 7:04 AM

UTICA, N.Y. ---County Clerks from throughout the area are urging the state to pump the brakes on the new Green Light Law. The law allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a license without proof of citizenship in New York State.

The law was signed by Governor Cuomo in June. But since then, local clerks said that proper training on the new procedures has not been provided.

"My clerks are not familiar with those documents none of them are bilingual. They waited until last week and the first seminar that they had, we were closed because of the snow," said Oneida County Clerk Sandra Deperno.

Some residents are also voicing their concerns saying the new law is not fair to those who are citizens.

The law would allow undocumented immigrants the means to travel to and from jobs. The state believes it could put them on a path towards citizenship.

Another issue the clerks brought up that there's only one machine per DMV throughout the state. Clerks are worried that this could clog lines at the DMV even more.

"When I became County Clerk I took two oaths, one to protect the constitution, the other New York State. Which one am I breaking? If I do one, I'm breaking the federal If I don't, I break the state. It has really put us, clerks, in a very difficult situation," said Rowan.

The law goes into effect on Monday, December 13th.

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