'Green Light' amendment dims public safety

Friday, June 5, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesAn immigration enforcement advocacy organization finds it unacceptable that New York State is making it a felony to share illegal alien info with federal immigration authorities.

New York already had a "Green Light Law" allowing illegal aliens the right to obtain valid driver's licenses in the state and forbidding New York's DMV offices to share driver data with federal immigration agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

But the state's liberal legislature recently amended the statute to actually make it a Class E felony for law enforcement to share illegal alien information with federal immigration authorities.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), does not think DMV employees are going to stick their necks out to disobey this directive.

"It is insane, it's outrageous, and it's also in direct violation of federal law," he points out. "This goes way beyond just simply not sharing. This goes all the way to making these people criminals. And they would probably have their charges tossed out of court based on that, but it the meantime, it has a chilling effect because these people are civil servants. If the people in charge are telling them not to do something, generally they will not do it."

Mehlman

But this is something that has been widely criticized by law enforcement around New York.

"You have sheriffs around the state and others who were … opposed to the original Green Light and are even more adamantly opposed to this," Mehlman reports. "So we should see, we hope, that some of these people will step up because that's their job. We shouldn't rely on some clerk working in a DMV office in Poughkeepsie to do it for us."

The FAIR spokesman is dumbfounded to see that New York's elected officials would carry out a law that jeopardizes public safety and national security.

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