Andrew signs bill granting illegal immigrants driver’s licenses

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Andrew Cuomo announced late on June 17 that Cuomo signed a bill granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

Cuomo signed the bill even after he asked the state's civil attorney, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, to look at the bill for any legal weaknesses.

"In a time when immigrants' rights and livelihoods are being severely threatened, the Green Light Bill is a clear message that we New Yorkers will always choose to lead with courage and love and to fight for everyone's right to the American Dream", Sepúlveda said.

Gov. Cuomo has previously stated he supports such a bill, but on Monday voiced concerns of agencies targeting new license holders based on their immigration status.

Supporters of the OR bill say that legal status shouldn't be a requirement for standard licenses, which are considered "non-compliant" with new federal regulations.

Supporters included the Business Council of New York State, the state's largest business organization, as well as many immigrant advocates who argued that immigrants, especially upstate, require licenses to get to work, care for their families and take care of everyday tasks.

It is constitutional & the bill contains ample protections for those who apply for driver's licenses. "If this bill is enacted and challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it", James said, according to the Post.

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"It's been an 18-year struggle", immigration rights activist Javier Valdés told the Times.

Twelve other states have similar provisions, Rivera said.

The measure will impact some 940,000 immigrants in the country illegally who live in NY, according to an estimate from the non-profit Migration Policy Institute.

Cuomo has supported this policy for more than a decade, according to a statement from his office.

Before 2001, undocumented residents in NY could get driver's licenses if they passed the required tests.

NY state lawmakers passed a bill Monday granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign it. "The key to this bill is not the political intent but the legal effect". The issue has remained deeply divisive since former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's abandoned executive order that would have offered licenses to noncitizens in 2007. "We hope the attorney general's assessment is correct for the safety of the thousands of undocumented individuals who are relying on her legal opinion".

Republicans, who all opposed the bill, said the legislation is another example of how government encourages illegal immigrants to break the law and the rules.

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