Brabenec to Trump: have DOJ review driver’s license law

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec jumped aboard the county clerks’ letter-writing campaign to President Trump on Friday, adding his own request that the Department of Justice review New York’s new law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.

“Many of our County Clerks are voicing concern that adhering to this law will violate their oaths of office,” the Deerpark Republican wrote in a letter released by his office and addressed to Trump and Attorney General William Barr. “I write today to request that you ask the United States Department of Justice to initiate an immediate review of the law, and render an opinion whether this legislation, including the process by which some important identification safeguards have been removed, should be reviewed in federal court.”

He noted that he “proudly” voted against the bill, which he said may violate the Constitution and federal immigration law.

“You have exercised strong and steady leadership in a many areas during your Presidency, and I encourage you to do so here as well,” Brabenec wrote.

Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt and at least 30 other upstate clerks who run state Department of Motor Vehicles office and have concerns about issuing licenses to unauthorized immigrants already had sent similar letters to Trump.

Attorney General Letitia James issued a response on Friday: “The Green Light law not only contains ample protections for all New Yorkers who apply for driver’s licenses, but it is well crafted and constitutional. If this law is challenged in court, I will vigorously defend it as the state’s attorney and chief law enforcement officer. No one is above the law.”

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