“All of you hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding American citizens will kindly move to the back of the line.”
Source: Daily Mail
Hundreds of people waited outside the Department of Motor Vehicle offices in New York on Monday to take advantage of a new law permitting undocumented migrants to get a driving license.
It was the first day the state began issuing driver’s licenses that don’t require applicants to prove they are in the US legally.
The new law, commonly known as the Green Light Law, was passed by legislators in June this year, before going into effect on December 16. It allows all of those aged 16 and older living in New York to apply for a license ‘regardless of their citizenship or lawful status’ in the US.
Cuomo’s administration said they have provided county and state DMV staff with devices to authenticate documents, and provided hands-on-training when they installed devices.
A spokeswoman said the state DMV also provided two training sessions, training materials and two online webinars.
An estimated 265,000 immigrants without legal documents are expected to get driver’s licenses within three years, more than half of them in New York City, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute.