Albany - The New York State Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Michael F. Nozzolio 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.
"I have never seen such strong and united opposition to a proposal by the Governor," Senator Nozzoliosaid. "Governor Spitzer’s plan to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens has incensed New Yorkers in every part of the State and every political party because they see the threat it would pose to public safety and security."
The legislation 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.
"Thousands of my constituents have contacted me to express their strong opposition to Governor Spitzer’s proposal to grant drivers licenses to illegal aliens. This misguided policy by the Governor raises serious issues for our homeland security agencies charged with the responsibility to protect our borders and safeguard our security. It would also result in tax increases as New York State residents struggle to bear the costs of housing, education and medical services to individuals who will seek New York out as a place to live," concluded Nozzolio.