Griffo And Local Officials Outline Concerns With Green Light Bill
Senator Joseph Griffo, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, County Sheriff Rob Maciol and County Clerk Sandra DePerno are raising concerns they have with the Green Light Bill.
The legislation would allow illegal immigrants to apply for standard driver's licenses using forms of foreign identification.
The New York Association of County Clerks opposes the legislation since they cannot vet documents from other countries
An additional concern with the legislation is that many states, including New York, use their DMV's to enroll voters.
Since New York does not have voter identification laws like the majority of other states do, the bill also could increase the potential for voter fraud.
Law enforcement officials also have expressed concerns that the legislation could affect public safety and make it more difficult for law enforcement agencies to do their jobs.
Deputy Minority Leader Griffo said, “Despite legitimate concerns from law enforcement, opposition from county clerks and two Siena College polls that show New Yorkers do not support providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, downstate Democrats are continuing to push this idea forward