The new head of the Department of Homeland Security has ordered the federal agency to conduct a review of any and all state laws that allow illegal aliens to receive drivers’ licenses, in an effort to build up a stronger case to take on such state laws directly, The Daily Caller reports.
Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of DHS, is conducting the review in order to determine how much of an impact such laws have on DHS operations. This information comes from a memo written by Wolf, where he further states that the review is being done “so that the Department is prepared to deal with and counter these impacts as we protect the homeland.”
The move is in response to several more states passing laws that allow illegals to obtain drivers’ licenses, including New York and New Jersey, where they are referred to as “greenlight laws.” In both cases, the laws also deliberately prohibit the state DMVs from sharing any information about any such illegals with ICE, DHS, and other federal immigration enforcement agencies.
Condemning such laws in a statement to the press, DHS spokeswoman Heather Swift said that “laws like New York’s greenlight law have dangerous consequences that have far reaches beyond the DMV,” adding that “these types of laws make it easier for terrorists and criminals to obtain fraudulent documents” while also hindering DHS from investigations into such crimes as “child pornography and human trafficking.”
With the passage of the laws in New York and New Jersey, there are now 14 states where it is legal for illegal aliens to acquire a driver’s license.