New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has refused access to federal immigration officials seeking to access New York’s identification records.
Earlier this year, New York passed the Green Light Law allowing illegal immigrants to get driver licenses and blocking federal authorities from accessing those records.
The Green Light Law specifically bans the Customs and Border Protection and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency from the records.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said, “The Green Light Law ultimately undermines the efforts of law enforcement officers, criminalizing their mission to secure the nation and the American people from threats and furthering the risk to their own lives. When jurisdictions like New York fail to cooperate with federal authorities, they operate more like refuges from criminal behavior, not sanctuary havens.”
The Department of Homeland Security is in the initial stages of pursuing legal action against the State of New York over the Green Light Law.
New York’s decision to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses is legally dubious. Denying that information to federal law enforcement may be completely illegal.
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