NY OKs driving licences for undocumented migrants | 2019-06-19

NY OKs driving licences for undocumented migrants

19 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW YORK: New York State Monday passed a law allowing undocumented migrants to obtain their driving license, a controversial move by the Democratic stronghold intended to thwart the Trump administration’s restrictive immigration policy, reports AFP.

“This legislation will not only provide undocumented immigrants with a legal solution to obtain a driver’s license, but its positive impacts will include significant economic growth, improved road safety, and it will keep hardworking families together,” Senator Luis Sepulveda, one of its leading proponents, said in a statement.

“In a time when immigrants are being scapegoated for every ill in our country, this is our opportunity for New York State to show our courage and strength, and stand up for the marginalized communities,” said Sepulveda, who represents the Bronx district of New York.

In practice, the “Green Light Bill,” passed by the New York Senate last week and signed into law Monday night by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, gives everyone the right to a driver’s license if they pass the test, regardless of immigration status.