County clerk to defy New York State law giving licenses to illegal immigrants

By Jake Dima

Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns said he will not issue licenses to illegal aliens in defiance of a new New York law, according to a local outlet.

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Green Light Bill Monday, which allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, WIVB4 reports.

Kearns adamantly disapproves of the Green Light Bill. He’s seeking legal representation to build a case against the state of New York and gathering protection in case he is sued.

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Kearns’ letter to Erie County Attorney M Siragusa expressed his discontent with the law’s “inconsistency to federal law.” He also said, “I will not be granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,” and he expects to be sued by the state “either way.”

Kearns is one of the most outspoken critics of the Green Light Bill in the Empire State, but public opinion appears to favor his point of view. A Siena College poll concluded that 53% of New Yorkers opposed Green Light before it became law.

“The only reason to be against this all along has been xenophobia and fear,” said Jennifer Connor, an organizer for Green Light.

“We will come after you if you don’t uphold the law because of racism and xenophobia,” Connor also said.

Kearns told a local outlet that Green Light is a direct violation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which gave illegal immigrants the opportunity to obtain legal status in exchange for barring them from government welfare assistance.

Another argument he brought up was the absence of funding for training. He says his office will not be able to read or differentiate between “195 passports,” the outlet reported.

Connor said there are more than 900,000 illegal immigrants in New York, 200,000 of which may apply to the DMV.

“The law is well crafted and contains ample protections for those who apply for driver’s licenses. As the state’s attorney and chief law enforcement officer, my office will vigorously defend it,” New York State Attorney General Letitia James told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Cuomo’s office referred The Daily Caller News Foundation to the attorney general’s office for comment.

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4 thoughts on “County clerk to defy New York State law giving licenses to illegal immigrants

  1. How about they make it legal to rob banks, and steal cars, and anything else people want to do?
    We live in an unreal time. Too many people brought up on MTV and PCP, I guess.

  2. “The only reason to be against this all along has been xenophobia and fear,”

    No you stupid twit it’s because most of them can’t read wright speak English and will cause/be in more
    accidents and cause harm to the tax paying AMERICAN citizens. Her and cuhomo the mossolini
    wannabe are prime examples of Demontard ijits undermining the citizenry by special privileged to
    Illegals that are here ILLEGALLY as in NOT LEGAL should have no access to what a citizen gets to do…..Good to see some fight back by conservative

  3. God bless you Mr. Kearns you are a hero. Somebody has to stand up to that maniacial bully Andrew Comeau. He is destroying one of the greatest states in the nation and the voters there need to throw him out of office.

  4. Why would anyone want to give a criminal ” Illegal ” a privilege like a drivers license,
    when they apparently don’t follow our laws in the first place??

    So I assume that they will have a legally registered vehicle and Insurance ….. Yeah !!

    Liberals what a pack of fools and Cuomo leading the pack.

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