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Green Light Law goes into effect after another court challenge

Dec 16, 2019 12:55 am
Jon Campbell reports in the Democrat and Chronicle that on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe ruled against Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola's challenge to a New York State law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. The law goes into effect Dec. 16. Sharpe ruled Merola didn't have standing to sue New York over the law. This is the second time a judge has denied an effort to stop the law, and at least three other lawsuits are pending or on appeal, but they won't be decided before the law goes into effect. Also on Dec. 13, 27 county clerks asked the state to delay the so-called Green Light Law. "Implementation of the State law at this time would create unacceptable security risks as the loopholes allow for nefarious people to obtain a New York State Standard Driver Licenses and use it to commit bank fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, human trafficking, and other criminal activities," the clerks wrote in a letter. Attorney General Letitia James said she expected the clerks to give out the driver's licences when the law goes into effect. "We expect all public officials to comply with the law, and, as the state’s attorney and chief law enforcement officer, I will continue to vigorously defend it," said James. Twelve other states allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses. Read more about this story in the Democrat and Chronicle.