Green Light Law Still to Go Into Effect on December 14, 2019

Court Denies Intervening Motion of Outside Parties in Erie County Driver's Licenses Legislation Lawsuit

NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, a federal court denied a motion of immigration nonprofit organizations and four individuals to intervene as defendants in the Erie County vs. New York State lawsuit challenging the Green Light law. While the judge acknowledged that the motion made arguments on different grounds compared with the defendant, ultimately, both shared the objective of protecting the Green Light law.

A coalition of eight states and the District of Columbia and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a brief in support of New York State last month. The Green Light law will go into effect on December 14, 2019.

“This Mickey Kearns lawsuit has always been a frivolous,wasteful political stunt designed to gin up his base and garner press at New York's expense. In light of the judge’s motion to keep this to Mickey Kearns versus the State of New York, we're confident that Attorney General James will easily defend the Greenlight NY law and keep this the law of the land, just like it is in 13 other states.  Let’s be clear - all immigrant New Yorkers are still legally entitled to earn a drivers license beginning on Dec. 14th, and all county clerks, including Mickey Kearns, are officers of the state who must uphold the law-- a law that will make all New Yorkers safer, the state economically stronger and ensure all families are able to thrive. And what sane New Yorker wouldn't want that?" said Steve Choi, executive director, New York Immigration Coalition.


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