Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) today expressed his concern over the implementation of Governor Spitzerís DMV policy to grant illegal aliens New York state driverís licenses in the wake of new evidence that bogus documents have slipped through the scanning machines that the State Department of Motor Vehicles plans on using to help implement Governor Spitzer's plan.
ďIf the DMV is unable to verify the identity of people applying for driverís licenses, and is having difficulty differentiating between valid and bogus documents, then the governorís reckless policy is even more dangerous than we first assumed,Ē remarked Reilich. ďIt is no accident that approximately 330 elected officials, security experts, law enforcement officials and a majority of the public have come out in opposition to Spitzerís foolish plan.Ē
The DMV's own fraud unit overseeing the tests found that the scanners routinely declared counterfeit identification documents as legitimate. The equipment consistently failed to distinguish phony, U.S.-issued resident alien cards and fake state driver's licenses. Even documents that clearly looked like forgeries still managed to pass review. Disturbingly, this is happening a mere week before Governor Spitzerís plan to give driverís licenses to illegal aliens goes into effect.
ďThe red flags continue to go up in regard to the governorís plan to give illegal aliens a driverís license, yet, he still seems adamant about going ahead with his proposal, throwing caution and good advice to the wind,Ē said Reilich. ďFor a safer, more secure New York, we cannot allow the governorís plan to go forward.Ē