WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - If the Green Light Bill becomes a law, undocumented immigrants in New York state would be able to get a drivers license without proving they are legal United States citizens.
An immigrant would have to provide proof of identity by having certain documents from their home country when applying for a license.
The immigrant can sign an affidavit saying they have not been issued a Social Security number.
“I’m not in favor of rewarding people who have broken the law and I’m not in favor of creating bills that would help them break the law,” said Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R. - 117th District).
The bill says the license would not meet the standards for federal identification and display the words “Not for Federal Purposes.”
“Going this route in New York state is pretty dangerous I think,” said Assemblyman Mark Walczyk (R. - 116th District).
Twelve states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to get a drivers license.
In California, a study showed there were about 4,000 fewer hit and runs, but Walczyk says that wasn’t enough to change his mind on the bill.
Walczyk took the floor during Wednesday’s session; one of his concerns is voter fraud.
“We’ve got consumer facing devices in our DMVs and a lot of DMVS in New York state that it is a push button yes to register to vote, or no. And when you take non-residents and put that screen in front of them, there is no question this will cause voter fraud in New York state,” he said.
On the other hand, supporters of the bill say it will boost the state’s economy and protect New Yorkers and their familes.
The bill will still have to pass though the state Senate before it goes to the governor to sign.