The Money Hungry New York Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow state residents who entered the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses. New York state representatives voted 86-50 in favor of the controversial “Green Light” bill, which would let illegal immigrants apply for a driver’s license with foreign documentation. Passage of the bill marks a major milestone for supporters. The legislation must now pass the Democratic-controlled state Senate, and New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already signaled he would sign it into law.
Looking to collect the additional revenue from the ridiculous number of known illegals in New York, law makers are expecting to add 265,000 new people to the list of those eligible to obtain driver’s licenses. Supporters of the bill believe that allowing illegal residents to get their licenses would be an economic boom to the tune of nearly $60 million in yearly revenue for the state. They also claim to believe that having more illegals with licenses will make it safer for everyone on the roads, but who are they kidding? We all know they’re just after the money.
“This legislation is in the best interest of the entire state of New York,” said state Rep. Marcos Crespo, the sponsor of the bill, according to the New York Post. “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,” Crespo, a native of Puerto Rico who moved to New York as a child, went on.
“What many people do not realize is that undocumented immigrants are already on the road, but they are doing so without a license or insurance,” Democratic state Rep. Bill Magnarelli said Wednesday before the vote, according to Syracuse.com.
As is to be expected, the bill has been met with stiff opposition by those who are actually considering the ramifications that this law would have. Republicans in the state argue that it would open the door to voter fraud, identity theft, and bank fraud. One county clerk was so opposed to the bill that they vowed not to issue any driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, even if it were to become a law. “I feel that if this bill is passed, it will force my DMV employees and myself to be immigration authorities, which is a federal responsibility,” Oneida County Clerk Sandra DePerno said in a statement.
Residents of the state are not entirely on board with this money scheme that Democratic politicians are running. A Survey released Monday by Siena College finds that only 41% of New York voters support the bill, while 53% expressed opposition to the idea of giving licenses to illegals. A staggering 62% of the upstate voters said they opposed the legislation. New York would become the 13th state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses if the bill passes the state Senate and Cuomo signs it into law.