Brabenec rips move to grant licenses to undocumented immigrants

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, R-Deerpark, issued a preemptive rebuke this week as Democrats reportedly moved closer to passing legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for driver’s licenses.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters after Democratic members discussed the issue in private on Tuesday that his conference had enough supporters to approve the measure, and would likely proceed once its benefits had been explained to residents around the state. He argued it would ensure immigrant drivers are insured and enable migrant farm workers to drive to work, among other virtues, according to Newsday.

Brabenec, whose party has been pounding Democrats for allowing tuition aid for the children of illegal immigrants, quipped in response to Heastie’s remarks, “’I Love New York’ is becoming a slogan more closely revered by illegals, criminals and felons rather than law-abiding citizens.”

He called the license proposal a “public safety concern” in a press release, taking the opposite view of the legal compliance and improved safety that Democrats say it would encourage.

“How can we be sure that someone who is already here illegally, breaking the law, will execute the responsibilities of owning a vehicle, like state required inspections, learning dozens of important traffic laws and obtaining car insurance?” Brabenec asked.

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