There auto be a law, says pol

Seeks driver’s li­censes for im­migs

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY MICHAEL GART­LAND AND JIL­LIAN JOR­GENSEN

A bill that would call on the state to al­low un­doc­u­mented res­i­dents to ob­tain driver’s li­censes is set to come be­fore the City Coun­cil this week.

The leg­is­la­tion, which City Coun­cil­man Yda­nis Ro­driguez plans to in­tro­duce Wed­nes­day, makes the case that un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants should be able to get the IDs be­cause it would make for safer roads.

“I be­lieve that the State of New York has a great op­por­tu­nity, not only to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Trump, but also lead by ex­am­ple, and that’s what I’ve been ad­vo­cat­ing for for years,” Ro­driguez said. “By al­low­ing them to have their driver’s li­cense, it will make our state safer and it will give re­lief to­day and it will rec­og­nize their con­tri­bu­tion to our econ­omy.”

If passed, the non­bind­ing res­o­lu­tion would make a Coun­cil po­si­tion on the is­sue of­fi­cial be­fore the state As­sem­bly and Sen­ate, both of which are now con­trolled by Democrats — who are typ­i­cally more sym­pa­thetic to the idea than Repub­li­cans are.

Ro­driguez, a Washington Heights Demo­crat, cited sta­tis­tics in the res­o­lu­tion that un­li­censed driv­ers are more likely to be in­volved in fa­tal crashes and con­tended that a new state law is “in the best in­ter­est of all New York­ers be­cause im­mi­grants want­ing to drive legally will have to pass writ­ten and prac­ti­cal driver’s ex­ams, reg­is­ter their ve­hi­cles and ob­tain au­to­mo­bile in­sur­ance.”

Sim­i­lar pol­icy pro­pos­als have stalled be­fore. In 2007, then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer dropped plans to of­fer the IDs af­ter un­re­lent­ing crit­i­cism.

Coun­cil­man Joseph Borelli (R-S.I.) said the bill is noth­ing more than po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing.

“This is the lat­est in another at­tempt to blur the line be­tween le­gal and il­le­gal and the rule of law ver­sus open bor­ders,” he said. “I’m sure Al­bany is not go­ing to be shocked that (in) the lib­eral City Coun­cil, many City Coun­cil mem­bers are in sup­port of this, and I don’t think it’s go­ing to tip the scale ei­ther way.”

The Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion is ex­pected to go be­fore the body’s Im­mi­gra­tion Com­mit­tee. If passed, it would be put up for a full Coun­cil vote Wed­nes­day.

LUIZ C. RIBEIRO

City Coun­cil­man Yda­nis Ro­driguez is plan­ning to in­tro­duce a bill this week urg­ing state to al­low un­doc­u­mented res­i­dents to get driver’s li­censes, call­ing it a re­buke to Pres­i­dent Trump and a safety mea­sure.

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