In a media call with reporters on Thursday, Rep. Tom Reed reiterated his criticism of New York State’s Green Light law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

“It really is incumbent upon Albany to set aside this extremism and set aside this Green Light Law that they enacted, which is different than any law in the United States, and to give the custom and border protection agents access to that database, so that they can do their job.” Reed said. 

Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area, said New York’s law goes beyond what other states have done because it prohibits the federal Border Protection Agency from accessing the state’s the Division of Motor Vehicle’s database.

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A press release issued on Feb. 7 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office said the Green Light law was designed to make New York roads safer, provide a boost to the state's economy, and allow immigrants to come out of the shadows. According to the release, the law bars the release of applicants' personal information to federal immigration authorities, except as required by law, to ensure that those residents newly eligible for driver's licenses under the Green Light law come forward to apply for them.

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