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N.Y. is 13th State to Give Illegal Immigrants Driver’s Licenses; Free Childcare to Sign Them Up

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This
month New York will become the 13th state in the U.S. to give illegal
immigrants driver’s licenses and officials in counties throughout
the Empire State warn they are not equipped to handle the predicted
onslaught. One state lawmaker is offering free care for the children
of illegal aliens who attend a workshop to help them navigate the
process of obtaining a license. More than half a million undocumented
immigrants are expected to qualify and all they need is an expired
passport, consulate identification or license from their country of
citizenship. Local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) clerks
throughout New York are deeply concerned about their ability to
authenticate the unfamiliar documents—written in foreign
languages—acceptable under the new law to obtain a license. One
county clerk in the state’s eastern region said in a local news
report that his office, which services a population of about 160,000,
will not issue licenses to illegal aliens and instead will let the
state deal with the applicants. “They want to us to make a decision
right at the window as to whether something is fraudulent or
acceptable,” Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola said in the
article. “I’m not going to make a major mistake.” In the
state’s southern tier, Chemung County Clerk Catherine Hughes
blasted lawmakers for leaving her and her colleagues to deal with the
mess. “They don’t really realize the ramifications that it causes
by doing something like this,” said Hughes, who serves a population
of about 90,000. “There are no set of rules and regulations on how
to get it done. And that puts us county clerks in a very precarious
situation because we don’t know how to do it.”

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