New York may soon OK licenses for immigrants in US illegally

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This photo shows an exterior view of the New York state Capitol Monday, April 1, 2019, in Albany, N.Y. A statewide ban on plastic bags and first-in-the-nation tolls for motorists entering the busiest sections of Manhattan are coming to New York under a new state budget that takes several ambitious steps to address long-standing environmental […]

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state may soon allow immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses.

The measure passed the state Assembly last week and could get a vote in the Democrat-led state Senate as early as Monday afternoon.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the bill, though he expressed concerns Monday about U.S. immigration officials seizing license information to target immigrants for deportation.

Supporters include the Business Council of New York State, the state’s largest business organization, as well as immigrant advocates who say immigrants need licenses to work and provide for their families.

Republican lawmakers, however, say approving the measure could lead to voter fraud and say people shouldn’t be rewarded for violating immigration rules.

Twelve states already authorize licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally.

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