Palumbo: Green Light Is a Dangerous Precedent

June 6, 2019

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) voiced his opposition to a bill that was voted on in the Assembly Committee on Transportation this week which would allow undocumented immigrants to be issued a state driver’s license. The bill, known as the “Green Light Bill,” will now move forward for a potential floor vote before the end of this year’s legislative session.

“We have three weeks left in this year’s legislative session and Assembly Majority politicians continue to turn focus away from the issues that matter to the everyday New Yorker,” said Palumbo. “I think this is a dangerous precedent that puts the interests of illegal immigrants over those of the thousands of individuals waiting patiently to be granted citizenship. They have been going through the proper channels and taking the necessary steps, why should those who couldn’t be bothered to comply with our processes and laws receive the same privileges?

“More importantly, what is also very troubling is that upon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) receiving a lawful request from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the illegal immigrant’s information, this bill requires DMV to notify the individual within 3 days of such request,” continued Palumbo. “In other words, the DMV commissioner must now alert the undocumented driver that ICE is looking for their address. This is clearly to thwart law enforcement, and is dangerous to all of us.”