New York Immigration Coalition Responds to Federal Court Dismissing Erie County Clerk’s Lawsuit Against “Green Light NY” Law

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

New York, NY—Today, the United States District Court of the Western District of New York dismissed the Erie County vs. New York State lawsuit challenging 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 in September. The Green Light law will go into effect on December 14, 2019.

Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:

“How much of Erie County's hard-earned taxpayer dollars was wasted on Mickey Kearns' useless political stunt? As we've said all along, we're not surprised that a federal judge put Erie County Clerk's Mickey Kearns’ politically-motivated lawsuit stunt where it belongs—in the trash. The law making New York the 13th state to legally allow all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, to seek driver’s licenses is clearly constitutional, and these lawsuits are nothing but frivolous stunts designed to push an anti-immigrant agenda. With Judge Wolford ruling that Kearns lacked standing to even bring the case in the first place, maybe now he’ll be quiet, put his personal hatreds aside and do what he was elected to do—follow the law of the land when it goes into effect on Dec. 14 and begin issuing driver’s licenses to everyone deemed qualified.”

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