ALBANY, NY – FWD.us New York State Immigration Manager Eddie A. Taveras issued the following statement today in response to the State Senate’s passage of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, or “Green Light NY” bill, which would allow an estimated 265,000 undocumented New Yorkers to apply for a driver’s license:
“Today is a good day for every New Yorker. By passing the Green Light NY bill, the State Senate is upholding New York’s stature as a national leader and is reaffirming our state’s longstanding commitment to immigrant rights. We thank our champion Senator Luis Sepulveda for sponsoring this legislation, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly sponsor Marcos Crespo for his unwavering support, and the State Senate and Assembly for standing with New York State’s 265,000 undocumented immigrants.
“This legislation will ensure that hundreds of thousands of hardworking, taxpaying New Yorkers can take driver’s education courses, pass a road test, and earn a license, making our roads safer for all, and clearing longstanding obstacles to economic opportunity. Finally, undocumented immigrants won’t have to make the impossible choice to drive without a license, or not being able to get to work or take their children to the doctor. No New Yorker should fear that they will be separated from their family because of a routine traffic stop.
“We urge Governor Cuomo to sign the Green Light NY bill into law immediately, avoiding any further delay of this crucial legislation that will provide relief to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. We thank Governor Cuomo for supporting this effort from the state, for fulfilling his commitment to promoting an accessible economy for all New Yorkers, and for keeping hardworking immigrant families together.”