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10:35 p.m.

New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

The state Senate approved the proposal Monday and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it later in the day, following Assembly passage last week. Democrats lead both chambers.

Cuomo’s support appeared in doubt Monday after he voiced concerns that U.S. immigration officials could use state license information to target immigrants for deportation. He asked for a legal review by the office of Attorney General Letitia James, who responded saying she supports the bill but wouldn’t speculate on the federal response.



Supporters include the state Business Council and immigrant advocates who say licenses would help immigrants get to work and complete everyday tasks.

Republican lawmakers said people shouldn’t be rewarded for violating immigration rules.

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8:40 p.m.

New York will become the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses for immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

The state Senate approved the proposal Monday following Assembly passage last week. Democrats lead both chambers.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support appeared in doubt Monday after he voiced concerns that U.S. immigration officials could use state license information to target immigrants for deportation. He asked for a legal review by the office of Attorney General Letitia James, who responded saying she supports the bill but wouldn’t speculate on the federal response.

Cuomo’s office then announced he would sign the bill.

Supporters include the state Business Council and immigrant advocates who say licenses would help immigrants get to work and complete everyday tasks.

Republican lawmakers said people shouldn’t be rewarded for violating immigration rules.

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6:30 p.m.

New York state could soon become the 13th state to authorize driver’s licenses to immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally.

The state Senate will vote on the proposal Monday. The Assembly approved the measure last week.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo had expressed support for the measure but on Monday said he was concerned that U.S. immigration officials could use state license information to target immigrants for deportation.

He said he would wait for the state attorney general’s office to weigh in before deciding whether to sign the measure.

Supporters include the Business Council of New York State, the state’s largest business organization and immigrant advocates who say immigrants need licenses to get to work and complete everyday tasks.

Republican lawmakers, however, say people shouldn’t be rewarded for violating immigration rules.

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12:05 p.m.

New York state may soon allow immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses.

The measure passed the state Assembly last week and could get a vote in the Democrat-led state Senate as early as Monday afternoon.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports the bill, though he expressed concerns Monday about U.S. immigration officials seizing license information to target immigrants for deportation.

Supporters include the Business Council of New York State, the state’s largest business organization, as well as immigrant advocates who say immigrants need licenses to work and provide for their families.

Republican lawmakers, however, say approving the measure could lead to voter fraud and say people shouldn’t be rewarded for violating immigration rules.

Twelve states already authorize licenses for immigrants who entered the country illegally.

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