Undocumented immigrants are now allowed to apply for driver’s licenses in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law this week, despite opposition from all six Long Island Senate Democrats.
Supporters of the bill say this will make roads safer and cut down on unlicensed drivers.
Two of the state Senate Democrats from Long Island say they oppose the bill because of possible unintended consequences of federal agencies like ICE getting the driver’s information.
Minerva Perez, with the Hispanic and Latino advocacy group, OLA of Eastern Long Island, says Long Island needs representation that will stand up for immigrant communities.
“We need to make sure that we’ve got leadership out there that’s prepared to do the right thing for the right reasons, and if that means finding new people to do that, that’s what we’ll work to do.”
New York is the 13th state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.