Green Light Law

Senate Republicans on Tuesday planned to offer an amendment to repeal New York’s Green Light law, which permits undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.


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A new Siena College poll found a majority of New York's registered voters believe Donald Trump is poised to win a second term.

ICE chief slams New York's Green Light Law

Feb 21, 2020
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The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made a stop in the Capital Region today to take a stand against a New York law that prevents immigration officers from accessing state motor vehicle information. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed the press conference as political theater.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will meet with President Donald Trump Thursday to discuss their feud over the Green Light Law and the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP).  


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New York’s Attorney General has now filed papers in a lawsuit against the federal government for preventing  New Yorkers from enrolling or re-enrolling in the federal government's Trusted Traveler Programs, aimed at making border crossings faster and easier.


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New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the Trump Administration over banning state residents from trusted traveler programs. The administration says the ban is needed because under the Green Light Law, Homeland Security can no longer verify NEXUS and other applications against the state DMV database. Now, Western New York's top federal prosecutor is speaking out against the law, which allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection

State officials are reacting to the news that the federal Department of Homeland Security is ending an expedited travel pass known as Global Entry for New Yorkers crossing into Canada or Mexico or arriving home to an airport from a foreign country.


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced it will no longer let New York residents enroll in its "trusted traveler" cross-border programs, including Global Entry and NEXUS, because of concerns raised by New York State's new "Green Light" law.

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Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration delivered State of the State presentations across the state on Thursday. In Amherst, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder took questions regarding Medicaid, light rail service and services for the deaf.

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One month after New York State's Green Light Law took effect, the Erie County Clerk has renewed a legal fight while advocates for those who may take advantage of the law are renewing their recommendation to bring such business to a bureau that will respect the law.

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A suspected instance of voter registration fraud has prompted Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns to ask the Board of Elections for clarity regarding New York's Green Light law. Kearns alleges a non-citizen submitted a voter registration application while applying for a commercial driver’s license.

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The Green Light Law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses took effect Monday across New York state. It's the first time in 18 years, since a similar law was revoked in 2001.

In Orleans County, three people applied under the new law on its first day in effect. Farmworker Eladio Beltran was one of them.

Beltran came to the U.S. in 2001, when he was 14 years old. He says that he learned how to drive by himself, out in the fields with a tractor, and by watching movies.

“You kind of got pushed to learn the difficult way,” Beltran says.

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New York State's Green Light law technically went into effect Saturday, but processing at the DMV central office begins today. With that, Jennifer Connor, Executive Director for Justice for Migrant Families WNY is encouraging applicants to avoid fraud by checking the guidelines at the state DMV website.

Office of State Senator Robert Ortt

New York State's Green Light Law, which grants undocumented residents the ability to acquire a driver's license, takes effect this weekend. Two county clerks who have been vocal in their opposition to the new law renewed their concerns Friday, with one stating his auto bureau will not open Monday.

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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns has been a very vocal opponent of Albany's Green Light Law. With the law ready to go into effect, Kearns again is highlighting the difficulties county clerks will face in implementing the change.


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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns is asking for more than $600,000 to pay for New York state’s Green Light Law, but says he still has no plans to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

 


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A judge has dismissed Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns' lawsuit against New York's Green Light law.

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Will New York’s Green Light Law put county clerks at risk of being federally prosecuted for helping hide undocumented immigrants?

 

That was one of the main questions debated Wednesday during oral arguments for Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns’ high-profile lawsuit against the state for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

 

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Niagara County is suing Albany, claiming the system that allows people in the country illegally to get driver's licenses is unfair to citizens and, therefore, a violation of the Equal Protection provision of the New York State Constitution.