O’Mara votes ‘NO’ on issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants: Blasts Governor Cuomo and state Democrats for ‘reckless’ one-party control of state government

June 17, 2019

"It puts public safety and security at risk, imposes another unfunded mandate on counties, and asks local, law-abiding public servants to break the law,” said Senator O'Mara.

"It puts public safety and security at risk, imposes another unfunded mandate on counties, and asks local, law-abiding public servants to break the law,” said Senator O'Mara.

The New York Association of County Clerks opposes the action.

Albany, N.Y., June 17—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) voted against legislation given final legislative approval by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday that will allow New York to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Cuomo has made the enactment of the so-called “Green Light” legislation (S1747/A3675) a priority this session.

O’Mara once again blasted the move as reckless and the product of one-party, radically progressive, Democratic control of state government.

“Governor Cuomo and the Legislature’s Democrats are behind the wheel, recklessly running red lights, and speeding this state down a radical, irresponsible road to ruin as a high-taxing, big- spending haven for lawbreakers.  Welcome to one-party control,” said O’Mara. “Lawbreaking illegal immigrants should never be rewarded with a government-issued driver’s license.  It puts public safety and security at risk, imposes another unfunded mandate on counties, and asks local, law-abiding public servants to break the law.” 

[Watch Senator O'Mara comments on the floor of the Senate during Monday night's debate]

The new law will permit illegal immigrants to apply for a standard New York State driver’s license using forms of foreign identification.  Among numerous concerns, O’Mara and other opponents argue that county clerks and employees at local Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are unable to verify the authenticity of foreign IDs. 

The New York Association of County Clerks opposes the action.