‘Concerned for our safety’: County clerk sounds alarm at New York allowing driver’s licenses for illegal aliens

By Jason Hopkins

A New York county clerk expressed deep concern over the state’s new law allowing illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses, arguing that such a law risks public safety and paves the way for voter fraud.

New York’s Democratic-controlled state legislature passed earlier this year what’s known as the “Green Light” bill, legislation that allows New Yorkers to apply for a driver’s license without a social security number. The bill deems foreign documentation as valid, allowing illegal aliens to apply with a foreign passport. The Green Light law — which the governor signed and recently survived a courtroom challenge — officially went into effect Saturday.

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However, numerous country clerks across New York are dismayed at the new law and contend it opens the door to voter fraud, identify theft and even terrorism.

New York DMV

Illegal immigrants may soon be able to register for New York driver’s licenses without proof of residence or a Social Security number, as currently required under state law.

‘There will be a gap from today to October 1st, that anyone who is here illegally can get into a federal building and can fly on our airplanes and can cross our borders,” Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns, a Democrat, said Saturday during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“I’m now going to have to accept a report card from a foreign country and foreign documentation, a foreign passport as authenticated documents. I, myself, as the clerk am going to have to do that,” Kearns said. “So they have diminished a New York state driver’s license and we’re very concerned for our safety and security because western New York is a border to Canada.”

Kearns is far from the only county clerk in the state to stand against the Green Light law. After Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it in June, clerks in Niagara, Rensselaer, Allegany and Chautauqua counties declared that they would refuse to comply.

The Green Light law also prohibits employees at auto bureaus from reporting illegal aliens attempting to obtain driver licenses to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kearns is working around this law by posting signs on customer service windows that encourage regular citizens to report such activity to an anonymous tip line. The New York government has sent Kearns a cease and desist order, but he said he won’t take the signs down.

“This is all a power grab for the ballot box in New York. Trying to give illegals the right to vote. We are not — today, we are less secure than we were. And a driver’s license is a privilege, but, also, it’s for identification,” the county clerk said, adding that “absolutely” an illegal alien could participate in an election because of this new law.

“So we are going to have voter fraud in New York state, and now New York state has given the clerks an edict to stands down. I’m not standing down. I will do whatever I can to stop voter fraud,” he concluded.

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5 thoughts on “‘Concerned for our safety’: County clerk sounds alarm at New York allowing driver’s licenses for illegal aliens

  1. I think the first thing Pres Trump in his 2020 do over of 2016 (ruled by the supreme court for democrats resisting/infringing on his 1st term) is to use his pen and phone to procure
    the listings of these illegal driver licenses and turn the info over to ICE….
    let the round ups begin and thanks to the illegal sanctuary cites for getting the lists…

    yes it’s all about the illegal votes. they’ve lost the Russia hoax, their loosing the Ukraine hoax, they have only “Can’tidates” unworthy of running a shoe shine box… that’s all they got left to fight with..and i’m sure their printing up ballots and storing them in dem vote counters trunks as we speak…

  2. Anti Constitutional New York, just trying to line up more votes in the next election.

    NY, Law-abiding citizens can’t own a gun, but Illegals can get a drivers license, now that
    sounds like there shouldn’t be any issues with things like following the laws ??

    Oh, yeah they already broke the laws……..Liberals in charge……….. Wow !!.

  3. One can only shake one’s spinning head at the idiocy and anti-American direction the liberals around the country are trying to move this country. It is such a simple principle- to enjoy the fruits of our forefathers efforts one must be in this country legally. What in the world is any cogent argument against that simple principle?

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