New York becomes latest state to grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens

New York becomes latest state to grant driver’s licenses to illegal aliens

Other than spiting Donald Trump and other law-abiding Americans, it is hard to see any rationale for the move, but on Monday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that grants illegal aliens the right to a driver’s license.

Cuomo signed the “Green Light Bill” late in the evening because, as anybody knows from the SAFE Act controversy years ago, the Democrat has a penchant for cowardly taking controversial actions in the dead of night.

He did so within hours of the measure passing the Democrat-controlled state Senate by a vote of 33-29.

Cuomo, according to the New York Post, threw “supporters a last minute curveball” by asking for further legal scrutiny of the legislation. The purpose of the request was not to make sure the law adheres to federal law or the Constitution but to guarantee it couldn’t be used by law enforcement against illegal aliens.

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The far-left Cuomo requested that Solicitor General Barbara Underwood review the bill to “ensure that undocumented individuals who apply for driver’s licenses or identification cards would not be unintentionally exposed to a federal government seeking to use their information for deportation.”

This, according to a statement from Cuomo’s counsel, Alphonso Davis, who added: “Governor Cuomo has supported this policy for over a decade.”

Indeed, criminals in New York have a dear, dear friend in Andrew Cuomo.

This is most definitely a stepping stone to allowing illegal aliens the right to vote in New York state elections, or at the very least giving them the means to do so without much scrutiny.

Granting illegals driver’s licenses is just the latest in a long line of examples in which New York Democrats have championed the rights of criminals over law-abiding citizens.

Cuomo has pushed the idea of free college courses for inmates for years. In addition to education perks for convicts, Cuomo pushed hard to provide taxpayer-funded Medicaid to all former prisoners.

In sharp contrast, fifteen Democrats in the New York State Assembly recently voted to halt a bill that would have provided free college tuition for Gold Star families. They did this one week after approving a $175 billion state budget that included $27 million in financial aid to so-called Dreamers.

Despite New York’s being a liberal cesspool that rivals California on a daily basis, the new legislation granting driver’s licenses to illegals has plenty of critics. “Paroling cop-killers, legalizing infanticide and giving free college and driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, shows Dems are in lockstep with radicals and don’t care about taxpaying New Yorkers,” incoming NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said in a statement.

Republican state Senator Jim Tedisco said granting a free pass to illegals is a slap in the face to people who come to this country legally:

Giving driver’s licenses to those here illegally sends the wrong message to honest, law-abiding citizens and those who are trying to do the right thing and have been in line for quite some time to become American citizens.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.