-By Rusty Weiss
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is offering up his whistleblower hotline for any New York state county clerks concerned about issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.
It is the latest effort in an increasingly contentious battle against the Green Light Bill, legislation recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo which grants illegal aliens in New York the privilege to obtain a license.
Mychajliw sent a letter to each county clerk in the state, urging them or their employees to make use of a Whistleblower Hotline operated by the Comptroller’s office.
“You or your employees may not feel comfortable reporting possible violations of the law directly to federal authorities. I can help,” Mychajliw wrote.
“My office does not investigate claims about possible illegal immigrants. However, if my office were to anonymously receive such complaints, we would forward the concerns to the proper federal authorities on the whistleblower’s behalf.”
Spare me. My family played by the rules and came here the right way. The radical left, led by Andrew Cuomo, is melting down. Why? Because they know a driver’s license grants all kinds of privileges. It's wrong, and I won't stop fighting it.https://t.co/XDYP1DKtm3
— Stefan Mychajliw (@StefanMychajliw) June 21, 2019
Mychajliw also took to social media to blast Democrats and Cuomo for the new law which is set to take effect in six months.
“My family played by the rules and came here the right way,” he explained. “The radical left, led by Andrew Cuomo, is melting down. Why? Because they know a driver’s license grants all kinds of privileges. It’s wrong, and I won’t stop fighting it.”
Clerks In Revolt
Several Clerks in upstate New York have said they will refuse to issue licenses to illegal immigrants. Clerks in Rensselaer, Allegany, Erie, and Niagara counties said they will not grant a license to anyone in the country illegally, citing conflicts with established federal law.
Frank Merola, a Clerk in Rensselaer County, has led the charge against the Green Light Bill, stating unequivocally that his office would never issue a license to an illegal immigrant.
“I’m going to refuse to issue a driver’s license to anyone who comes into my office that can’t prove to us they’re here legally. Federal law states we’re not allowed to aid someone who comes into our office who is here illegally,” Merola told CBS 6 News.
Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus has written a letter to President Trump requesting that the Department of Justice review the law and guide officials on how to proceed with a piece of legislation that clearly violates federal law.
“I think maybe the Justice Department can … review it, give an opinion on it and then if it needs to go federal court, maybe they can help us with that,” Backus told Spectrum News.
Concerns That Law Could Allow Illegals to Vote
Granting state licenses to illegal immigrants could lead to voter fraud, which is exactly what Democrats in New York are banking on.
The New York Post reported on Tuesday that there is a loophole in the law that even the State Board of Elections and the bill’s own sponsors admit could lead to hundreds of thousands of people illegally registering to vote.
“Theoretically, they could have the ability to vote,” sponsor Luis Sepúlveda (D) admitted while arguing in favor of the bill.
Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin claims, “All this is by design, and I’m guaranteeing within a year, they’re going to start to say let’s just let them vote, they’re here anyway.”
Merola has joined McLaughlin in announcing that they will file a lawsuit to have the Green Light Bill declared, ironically enough, illegal.
“It’s not going to happen here in Rensselaer County,” McLaughlin said. “It just is not.”
He added that extreme measures like this, opposed by a vast majority of the voters in New York, are a result of “insane lunatic progressives in the New York State legislature.”
The pair are encouraging other County Clerk’s to step forward and join their lawsuit, which they have deemed “a necessary step in the face of this ill-conceived law.”
The lawsuit is a fight for the people of New York State as well, with polling showing overwhelmingly that most New York state residents oppose the measure.
Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.