Senator Lanza Announces Passage Of Bill To Prohibit Drivers Licenses For Illegal Aliens

Andrew J Lanza

October 23, 2007

The New York State Senatehas passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers license or non-driver identification card.

The legislation (S.6484) the Senate passed is cosponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza. It would require applicants for a drivers license or non-driver identification card to submit a social security number. When a social security number cannot be provided, the applicant must demonstrate they are ineligible to get a number and provide satisfactory proof that the applicant's presence in the United States is authorized under federal law.

The Senate held a public hearing on the legislation last week. Experts on national security, immigration, secure drivers licenses and ID cards, and representatives of the families of 9/11 victims spoke out against the Governor’s plan, calling it a threat to security.

The bill was sent to the Assembly.