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Clerks: Criminals will abuse law meant to help undocumented immigrants, identity theft will ‘skyrocket’

Starting Monday, New York’s “Green Light Law” will give undocumented immigrants a better chance to have the supporting documentation needed to get a driver’s license.

The Madison County Clerk, Michael Keville, says he isn’t worried about undocumented immigrants having the ability to drive. He’s worried about criminals taking advantage of the weaker document restrictions that come with the law.

The Madison County DMV and similar officers across the state will be required to accept a broader range of documents, including high school report cards in foreign languages, out-of-country driver’s licences and municipal ID cards given out by some cities, like New York.

Some of the documents, like ID cards and report cards, have so many variations across the globe, Keville says it would be impossible for his staff to be able to verify them as authentic. Therefore, easy to counterfeit.

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