The new “Green Light” law in New York prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from sharing information with federal immigration authorities.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law late last year that prevents DMV’s statewide from sharing information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The federal government is unable to determine if someone has a DUI or aggravated driving record when they fill out the application for a trusted traveler program.
Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. of Chenango County, New York spoke out against the new sanctuary policy.
Cutting Jr. said the new law is “creating an atmosphere of chaos” and he is “concerned.”
From Daily Caller:
The law — the latest in the U.S. that seeks to limit the capabilities of federal immigration authorities — has garnered immense pushback from law enforcement officials across the state.
Cutting, one of the many sheriffs in the state who oppose the law, called it chaotic.
“You’re creating an atmosphere of chaos, and [New York officials] need to allow law enforcement to work with our federal partners in getting those people off the street,” Cutting told the DCNF.
“I’m truly concerned. I’m concerned on the direction we’re going.”
“I’m concerned with the state of our state,” he continued.
“[The Department of Homeland Security] has a responsibility. That was almost the mandate put forward after 9/11 — to protect the public.”
Not only does the “Green Light” law in New York prevent DMV information sharing with federal authorities, but it also allows illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses with foreign documentation.
Fourteen states in the U.S. have similar laws allowing licenses to their undocumented community, but New York is the state to prohibit the information sharing.