LG Hochul Fails to Provide Clarity on Driver’s Licenses Stance & Past Comments

May 31st, 2018

LG + Gov needs to be leading, NY lagging behind 12 other states

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul attempted to walk back a statement she made 10 years ago as Erie County Clerk on driver’s licenses for immigrant New Yorkers.

Published in the New York Times on November 4th, 2007, “‘I do not support the governor’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,’ she said to whooping cheers and applause.

Trump Parachutes into LI to Stoke Fear Against Immigrant Youth of Color

May 22nd, 2018

Immigration advocates expose the impact of Trump Administration’s gang allegations in new report

NEW YORK, NY - On Wednesday, May 23rd, President Donald J. Trump will join U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center on Long Island to promote their shared agenda of dehumanizing and criminalizing immigrant communities.

Immigrant, Community Advocates Warn Erie County Clerk: “Don’t Be on the Wrong Side of History”

May 17th, 2018

BUFFALO, NY– Today, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns announced he would take a preemptive stance against legislation that would expand access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers (A.10273). Clerk Kearns makes the dubious claim he can defy valid State legislation and decide not to process driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, despite the fact county clerks are required to do so as agents of the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The legislation has rapidly growing momentum, and earlier this week Senator Luis Sepúlveda introduced a same-as bill in the Senate (S.8680).

“County Clerks should not use their position to fight social progress whether it’s marriage equality for LGBTQ couples, gun safety laws, and now drivers licenses.

Road Safety Champions Rev Up Support For Immigrant Drivers

May 14th, 2018

Saugerties Police Chief comes out for Driver’s License Access Bill
+ Sen. Sepúlveda signs on as Senate sponsor

ALBANY, NY - Today, Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra and suburban New York lawmakers called on the Assembly to pass legislation expanding access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers (A.10273). Newly elected Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda has introduced a same as bill in the Senate (S.8680).

Introduced by Assemblymember Marcos Crespo, the Driver License Access and Privacy Act would bring in an estimated $57 million in annual state and county revenue in registration fees, sales taxes, and gas taxes; plus $26 million in one-time revenues as more people obtain licenses, buy cars, and register vehicles.

Draconian Anti-Immigrant Judge Comes To New York

May 4th, 2018

Judge Wilson threatens dozens of asylum cases w/a 97.8% denial rate

NEW YORK, NY - On Monday, April 30th, notoriously punitive immigration Judge Earle B. Wilson from Atlanta, Georgia began hearing cases in New York City, threatening potential outcomes of dozens of asylum cases.