Ashby: The Governor Cannot Shut Out Homeland Security Over Green Light Law

Assemblyman Jake Ashby (R,C,I,Ref-Castleton) and his Assembly and Senate Minority colleagues held a press conference today to call on the governor to reinstate federal access to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) databases. As a result of the Green Light Law, the restriction has hindered homeland security investigations. Additionally, the federal government has restricted New Yorkers from participating in trusted traveler programs.

“The governor needs to come to the table to talk with Homeland Security to fix what is becoming an increasingly larger problem each day,” said Ashby. “Ensuring the free exchange of information through law enforcement is instrumental in keeping us safe. Law-abiding New Yorkers, including lawful immigrants, are at risk. This trending failure to listen to law enforcement regarding legislative flaws is reducing the safety in our communities and to those working to protect us. We cannot waste one more moment. New York must resolve this now.”

Arrests for immigration violations account for 70 percent of Joint Terrorism Task Force disruptions. For Homeland Security, access to DMV information is critical in identifying dangerous individuals with extensive criminal histories. In addition, the federal government has since stated that due to its inability to access DMV information to verify identification, they will no longer be able to process applications to federal trusted traveler programs.