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Collins introduces legislation to withhold funds from states that give driver licenses to illegal immigrants

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Chris Collins introduced The Red Light Act, his new legislation that withholds federal highway funds from any state that grants driver licenses or identification cards to illegal aliens present in the United States. Congressman Collins' legislation comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo recent signing of the Green Light Bill into law last month. This new state law grants driver license privileges to illegal immigrants.

"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." 

"Cuomo has threatened the lives of New Yorkers who are legal U.S. citizens with this legislation," added Collins. "If he wants to help illegal immigrants avoid the law while threatening highway safety, he can pay for it."

If enacted, the Collins' legislation would withhold funds beginning in fiscal year 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter. Any funds withheld from noncompliant states will be appropriated to states that do not allow illegal immigrants to have a drivers license or identification cards.

A text of the legislation can be found here.

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