Lopez Calls On Spitzer To Repeal Executive Order Granting Illegal Immigrants Driver's Licenses
September 26, 2007
Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie) called on Governor Eliot Spitzer to repeal his Executive Order granting illegal immigrants the ability to obtain driver's licenses. “Governor Spitzer has seriously erred in his decision. This opens the door to potential abuse and undermines efforts to strengthen national security,” said Lopez, a former Schoharie County Clerk. “A legitimate driver license opens the doors to many other privileges normally reserved for legal citizens. I am calling on Governor Spitzer to immediately repeal this Administrative Police Change, which requires no legislative approval or check on citizenship status.“ Many of the foreign terrorists involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks used false information to obtain driver's licenses, which then allowed them to move about our country freely, rent vehicles, and board aircraft used in the attacks. Lopez noted that during his tenure as Schoharie County Clerk, arrests were made of illegal immigrants who attempted to apply for a New York State driver license by using false information and documentation. Proposed federal regulations to implement the Federal REAL ID Act require states to meet certain minimum-security standards in order for state driver licenses to be acceptable forms of identification. Requirements include that an applicant produce evidence of a valid Social Security number or proof of ineligibility. The only foreign documentation that would be accepted would be a foreign passport with a valid, current US Visa.