Press conference Wed on plan to give illegal immigrants driver's licenses

Press release from State Senator Daphne Jordan's Office:

Troy, NY – New Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon), Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner, Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, Assemblyman Jake Ashby, Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo, Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and a representative from Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo’s office will hold a press conference TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m., at the Rensselaer County DMV in Troy, outlining their strong opposition to state legislation that would provide illegal immigrants with driver’s licenses.

Legislation is currently pending before the NYS Senate – Senate Bill S.1747, the so-called “Green Light Bill” sponsored by New York City Democratic Senator LuisSepúlveda – that would allow the issuance of statedriver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The measure was introduced on January 16, 2019 and is presently in the Senate Transportation Committee.

The particulars for tomorrow morning’s press conference are as follows:

Who: Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I,Ref-Halfmoon)

Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin

Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton)

Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo

Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett

Captain Patrick Maswich, from Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo’s Office

What: Press conference outlining why providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants would jeopardize traffic safety and compromise public security

When: Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m.

Where:Rensselaer County DMV Office, 1600 7thAvenue, Troy, NY 12180

Why: Providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants would jeopardize traffic safety and compromise public security for all New Yorkers. Issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants creates a double standard for people applying for a standard license, opens the door to voter fraud, bank fraud, and ID theft, bans the DMV from sharing any databases with third parties including law enforcement, hindering their ability to search traffic records during a routine traffic stop, allows scofflaws to thwart multiple traffic violations to obtain a license after their actual license has been revoked, and creates a loophole for underage children to obtain valid DMV-issued IDs to unlawfully buy alcohol, cigarettes, and possibly soon, “recreational” marijuana

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