Cayuga County Legislature Debates, Opposes Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

March 27, 2019. This article discusses the Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer’s opposition to a proposed bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. According to the article, the county clerk claims that her staff doesn’t have the capacity or training to verify foreign documents and that she is concerned about voter registration documents being given to undocumented immigrants. Rebecca Fuentes, from the Workers’ Center of CNY, said that because undocumented workers can’t drive, they have to pay $20 to $30 for underground taxis for grocery shopping and daily activities.

The Cayuga County Legislature Tuesday debated proposed legislation from the state that could allow some undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, ultimately passing a resolution expressing opposition to the idea.

The resolution came at the request of Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer, who said that her staff would not have the proper training to verify applicant’s documents, such as a foreign passport, the law proposed by state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda, D-Bronx, would have them accept.

Fuentes also cited a report from the New York City-based Fiscal Policy Institute which estimated an additional $57 million in annual revenue and $26 million in one-time revenue to the state and county governments from fees for licenses for undocumented immigrants, as well as other economic benefits.

Here is the link to Auburnpub.com.

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