Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
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Moderate Dems need to revoke progressives' license to drive state agenda

Moderate Dems need to revoke progressives' license to drive state agenda

Opponents rebuked this claim saying that this would be nothing more than the first step towards citizenship after breaking American law and entering the country illegally.

Cuomo had long said he supported the measure but on Monday cast doubt on the bill's fate Monday, saying he was concerned that US immigration officials might try to obtain state driver's license data to target immigrants for deportation. "Another major concern is that many states, including NY, use their DMVs to enroll voters".

"Obviously in responding to this question, we ask that you assume a Federal legal challenge to such a NY law should it be enacted, and take into consideration similar laws or circumstances in other states, as well as our current data sharing process with the Federal Government", Cuomo's counsel Alphonso David wrote.

Attorney General Letitia James responded to the inquiry with a terse defense of the measure, calling it not only constitutional, but "well-crafted". "If this bill is enacted and challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it", James said, according to the Post. Ahead of the vote, one county clerk even declared he would refuse to issue driver's licenses to undocumented applicants, no matter what the law says.

It is constitutional & the bill contains ample protections for those who apply for driver's licenses.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo smile at the end of an event to discuss reproductive rights at Barnard College, Jan. 7, 2019 in New York City.


'Gov. Cuomo has supported this policy for over a decade, ' Cuomo's counsel, Alphonso David, said in a statement announcing his intentions.

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. "The key to this bill is not the political intent but the legal effect".

The bill has divided the state Democratic Party between more traditional voters and the progressive wing that has fought for the legislation. "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".

USA Today reported that advocates say the new law will allow those workers to obtain "insurance and avoid the threat of deportation if they are pulled over".

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the leader of the Democrats' new Senate majority, praised the passage of the bill.

Supporters argue that the change means safer roads and a bit more state revenue from 752,000 new DMV customers. It "also leaves hardworking, law abiding New Yorkers footing the bill", he added.

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