Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) will be going on a fact-finding mission on Wednesday in New York City to learn more about the ramifications of Governor Spitzer’s policy change at the DMV. The change in policy will make it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, because applicants will no longer have to present a Social Security number when applying.
“This has to be one of the worst policy decisions ever made by a governor in the Empire State,” remarked Reilich. “The governor in one unilateral move has weakened the integrity of our licensure system, has weakened both our national and state security and will make air travel more difficult for law-abiding New Yorkers, all in an effort to give illegal immigrants access to driver’s licenses.”
There will be a variety of nationally recognized experts on immigration, national security, and Hispanic American issues in attendance at the event including Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo; television commentator Mike Cutler, a former INS agent and expert on national security and illegal immigration; Peter Gadiel, Founder of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America; T.J. Bonner, President of the Border Patrol Council; and representatives from You Don't Speak For Me, a Latino organization advocating for Homeland Security.
“I look forward to hearing the opinions of the experts while voicing my own thoughts and concerns,” said Reilich. “The constituents of my district deserve to know all the possible ramifications of the governor’s policy reversal because, most likely, they will be the ones who are most severely impacted by the change.”