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Cuomo says he expects legal challenge to Green Light bill

The state government will likely be sued over a measure that allow undocumented immigrants living in New York to apply for driver’s licenses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday in a radio interview.

“Yes, there is going to be a lawsuit. The question became what happens when there is a lawsuit? I get the politics,” Cuomo said in a WAMC interview. “Do we win or do we lose? That question was posed to the Solicitor General, which is the appeals and opinions office of the Attorney General and the Solicitor General’s job is to offer opinions.”

Lawmakers approved the measure, known as the Green Light bill, earlier this week and Cuomo signed it into law.

He had initially asked Solicitor General Barbara Underwood to determine whether the law would lead to the federal government seeking records of those who applied for standard licenses and using the information as a database to find undocumented immigrants.

Ultimately, Attorney General Letitia James in a statement re-affirmed the measure was constitutional and had safeguards to prevent a federal immigration enforcement effort.

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