State officials say a plan to provide driver's licenses to illegal immigrants with valid foreign passports will enhance security by creating records of their identities. But critics say those records could compromise security instead.
New York has between 500,000 and 1 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom drive without licenses and car insurance or with fake licenses, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in announcing the plan Friday.
Proponents say this will help New York City residents receive lower car insurance rates and also provide a document trail that will help police verify true identities.
Critics, such as Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY), say the policy is a security risk and will cause a wave of immigration into New York that will tax its social services.
Regardless, the policy will begin its phase-in this December.