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Collins introduces "Red Light Act" to combat NYS Green Light Bill, would affect federal funding

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 15:02:16-04

Congressman Chris Collins is introducing new legislation that would cut off funding to states that provide driver licenses to undocumented workers.

It's called The Red Light Act. According to the congressman, the proposed legislation would withhold federal highway funds to states that give undocumented workers identification cards or driver licenses.

Lawmakers in Albany passed the Green Light Bill in June. The bill allows undocumented workers to obtain driver licenses in New York.

“Once again, Governor Cuomo has put his socialist agenda ahead of the safety of American citizens,” said Congressman Collins. “Governor Cuomo should be enforcing laws that protect Americans instead of supporting those who break our laws. Citizens should feel safe behind the wheel, but now in New York there will be a strong likelihood that illegals could be driving uninsured and unregistered vehicles wreaking havoc on our roads.”

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns recently announced he is filing a federal lawsuit against Governor Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James and the New York Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles Marks Schroeder in regards to the Green Light Bill.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a statement opposing the new bill.

A spokesperson for the Governor's Office released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

"This is nothing more than political grandstanding from a Trump acolyte who’s been indicted on felony charges and knows this bill has no chance of passing in Congress."