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October 07, 2007

New York State's Drivers' License Policy is Under Attack

New York State's Drivers' License Policy is Under Attack

Dear Immigrant Advocates,

On September 21, New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer announced a new driver's license policy that strengthened the integrity of the NYS licenses and made undocumented immigrants eligible for the license if they met tough identification and documentation standards.

The new policy was welcomed by the public because it promotes public safety, reduces hit-and-run accidents, helps law enforcement and helps bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.

Some anti-immigrant activist are attacking this policy as something that gives IDs to terrorists, when in fact, the new license with strong anti-fraud measures makes it harder to get license for anyone without valid proofs of identity.

For the sake of public safety, road safety and fair access to drivers' licenses, we need to need to not only preserve the new New York State policy but replicate it in all other states that are also trying to maintain immigrant eligibility, at the same time, enhance the security of their licensing process.

Take Action Today!

Whether you are a New York resident or not, please join us. We need you to drown out the voices of hate-mongers in New York and other parts of the country and defend this important policy as a national example.

Please call Governor Spitzer (518-474-8390) to tell him, "I am calling to thank you for your leadership in improving the drivers’ license system to protect public safety for all New Yorkers and setting a national example."

Urge your state to adopt similar drivers' license policy that's tough but fair.

For more information, please contact Milan Bhatt, Immigrant Worker Advocacy Coordinator at the New York Immigrant Coalition (NYIC), 212-627-2227 ext. 233 or mbhatt@thenyic.org. You can also visit www.thenyic.org.


Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Posted by VisaLawyer at October 7, 2007 06:09 PM


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