Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns took his first legal step to fight a new state law that allows immigrants in the country illegally to obtain a New York State driver’s license.
Kearns sent a letter to the Erie County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday seeking legal representation.
The article goes on to state the following:
“As I understand it, this Act requires that, as an agent of the Department of Motor Vehicles, I will be compelled to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,” he wrote. “I will not be granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.”
He wants a legal determination from federal court as to what his rights are as clerk and whether he could be compelled to enforce the state law over what he views as a violation of federal law.
However, Kearns isn’t the only one. A local NBC News reporter tweeted the following report, saying, ” Local county clerks across the state are saying they will not issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The bill was signed by Gov. Cuomo on Monday.”
GREEN LIGHT BILL: Local county clerks across the state are saying they will not issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The bill was signed by Gov. Cuomo on Monday. pic.twitter.com/XVY7UkF6Eu
— Elizabeth Worthington (@18NewsElizabeth) June 19, 2019
Erie County clerk: ‘I will not be granting licenses to illegal immigrants’ https://t.co/ibYCSau7pv
— The Buffalo News (@TheBuffaloNews) June 18, 2019
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs a bill into law allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. pic.twitter.com/OQQcMp8wjP
— Fox & Friends First (@FoxFriendsFirst) June 18, 2019
The NYS Legislature and Gov. Cuomo were absolutely wrong to create a new law this evening to give driver’s licenses to people illegally in our country. This decision is incredibly irresponsible. RT if you also disagree with this new law!
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) June 18, 2019
New York Senate passes bill that grants driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants; NY Gov. Cuomo says he will only sign the “Green Light Bill” into law if it does not unintentionally expose illegal immigrants to authorities https://t.co/TsVHMJd2Bh pic.twitter.com/Bi7nnCjyGw
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 18, 2019
Cuomo signed the bill! It’s official: New York is the 13th State to officer driver’s licenses to all, irrespective of immigration status! pic.twitter.com/70ePVSgCUv
— PUSH Buffalo (@PUSHBuffalo) June 18, 2019
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