Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Homeland Security backs NY license suspension for drivers with invalid social security numbers

"In notices from the state Department of Motor Vehicles, more than 100,000 New York motorists were notified their licenses were facing suspension due to Social Security number discrepancies in their applications. The motorists were given 15 days to comply or lose their licenses."

"The measure, enacted in February across the nation by state motor vehicle agencies, is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in an effort to track everyone through the agencies."

"The Rev. Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest and immigrant counselor at the Church of St. Francis Assisi in Manhattan, said the regulation will cause the government to have even less information about drivers because many will not report back to the DMV."

"[Democratic Assemblyman Jose] Peralta said the measure will cause people to drive with suspended licenses, which would lead to higher insurance rates for everyone if they are involved in accidents."

New York Daily News

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