FLEOA Condemns ‘Green Light Laws’ in NY, NJ

FLEOA Condemns Dangerous ‘Green Light Laws’ in New York, New Jersey 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       December 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), today issued the following statement in response to New York’s Green Light law and similar laws passed in New Jersey.

"We agree with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several New York State County Clerk’s assessment that New York’s Green Light laws do nothing more than protect narcotics and human traffickers and other violent criminals. Part of our nationally agreed-upon immigration enforcement strategy, even under the Obama administration, was to prioritize the identification of illegal aliens who commit violent crimes,” Cosme said.

"New York, and now New Jersey, have not only blocked that effort but are also conspiring to protect criminals by accepting unverifiable foreign documents for identification. It is highly unlikely that anyone in either state’s DMVs knows what a driver’s license issued in Swaziland looks like or how it should be verified. This is just one example of the dangerous gamble these states are taking,” Cosme furthered. "This is unsafe. For two states repeatedly targeted by foreign terrorists, whose responses were coordinated by federal law enforcement and have benefited from DHS grants and resources, to implement these laws shows a lack of gratitude and utter contempt for federal law enforcement- the support structure that has routinely bailed each state out of crisis without question.”

Cosme concluded, "Both states should repeal these laws or at least amend them to ensure federal law enforcement can access DMV records to continue to keep Americans living in those states safe.” 

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.