NY county clerks will request delay of "Green Light Law" implementation
The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for the issuance of driver's licenses and other forms of identification in the United States. REAL ID prohibits Federal agencies from accepting driver’s licenses or other types of ID not meeting the Act’s minimum standards, for purposes of boarding a domestic flight, accessing Federal facilities, or entering a nuclear power plant.
The deadline for REAL ID compliance is October 1, 2020. From then on, anyone wishing to board a federally regulated commercial aircraft must show a form of identification meeting, at a minimum, REAL ID requirements.
New York State's Green Light Law makes it possible for an illegal alien to acquire what the NY Department of Motor Vehicles calls a Standard license. Until October 1, anyone bearing a Standard license, permit, or non-driver ID from NY State will be allowed to board a domestic flight in the United States.
NY county clerks say the "Green Light Law" threatens homeland security
The Buffalo News reports that members of the New York State Association of County Clerks (NYSACC) are preparing to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo and Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder to delay implementation of the Green Light law until October 1, when REAL ID takes effect.
Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski and Erie County Clerk Michael "Mickey" Kearns have been active opponents of the Green Light Law; both have filed lawsuits to block implementation of the law. Joseph Jastrzemski is chairman of the 10-county Western Region of County Clerks, which is part of the NYSACC.
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns explained to the Buffalo News security weaknesses created to enable illegal aliens to obtain this form of identification. Applications for driver's licenses can now include foreign documents which are difficult for county clerks to authenticate. This is partly because the Green Light Law was carefully crafted to prevent the sharing of applicant information with federal agencies, in order to zealously protect New York State's precious illegal aliens from ICE.