New York was always liberal, but this is taking it one step too far…
The New York Assembly on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow state residents who entered the country illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.
New York state representatives voted 86-50 in favor of the controversial “Green Light” bill, which would let illegal immigrants apply for a driver’s license with foreign documentation.
“This legislation is in the best interest of the entire state of New York,” said state Rep. Marcos Crespo.
“It is more beneficial to communities outside the City of New York—where transportation is fully accessible in our neighborhoods as opposed to communities on Long Island and in upstate—there are clear economic gains for the state of New York, there are great revenues coming to our rural communities,” Crespo said.
If the bill becomes law, around 265,000 new people would be eligible to obtain driver’s licenses, generating nearly $60 million in revenue a year.
The bill has also faced stiff opposition. Republicans in the state argue that it would open the door to voter fraud, identify theft, and bank fraud.
The state’s residents also do not appear to be in favor of the bill. A survey released by Siena College finds only 41% of New York voters in support of the bill. 62% of voters living upstate said they opposed the legislation.