Trump Administration to Go After States Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Driver's Licenses

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to employees of the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. Jan. 25, 2017. (Official DHS photo by Barry Bahler.)

Chad Wolf, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security “is taking aim at new laws in New York and New Jersey that allow immigrants to get driver’s licenses without proof they are in the U.S. legally, and restrict data sharing with federal authorities,” according to a report from the Associated Press.


Wolf sent a memo within the department requesting “a department-wide study on how the laws affect its enforcement efforts.”

New York is the 13th state that has authorized illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. In addition to giving illegals a state-issued license, the New York state law actually prohibits the New York Department of Motor Vehicles from providing data to any agency that enforces immigration law barring a judge’s order–which seems like a flagrant attempt to aid and abet individuals who have broken federal immigration law.

New York officials claim the laws are meant to reduce the number of people uninsured (because obviously illegals should be getting health insurance that we’re likely paying for) and improve traffic safety and give illegals better opportunities for employment.

I guess Andrew Cuomo and the New York Democratic Party would prefer illegals getting jobs over actual Americans.

According to Wolf’s memo, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the department must be “prepared to deal with and counter these impacts as we protect the homeland.”


According to the Department of Homeland Security, laws such as New York’s, make America less safe. “The Trump administration takes the mission of protecting the Homeland very seriously,” said Heather Swift, spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security. “These types of laws make it easier for terrorists and criminals to obtain fraudulent documents,” she added.


Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis


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