The controversy surrounding Governor Spitzer’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens continues to heat up. Yesterday, the State Senate passed legislation which seeks to stop the Governor’s plan by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State driver’s license or non-driver identification card.
The legislation (S.6484) is sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan (Queens). It would require applicants for a driver’s 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.
Senator Padavan said, “My legislation ensures that the most important form of personal identification, the New York state drivers license, maintains its high standard of security and integrity. This comprehensive legislation reverses the Spitzer administration’s dangerous policy that grants illegal aliens drivers licenses and enacts the necessary safeguards to help eliminate the fraudulent issuances of drivers licenses throughout the state while helping to protect the safety, security and well-being of all New Yorkers.”
The Senate held a public hearing on the legislation last week. Experts on national security, immigration, secure driver’s 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.