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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York

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Velazquez Responds to Spitzer's Decision to Revoke Driver's License Plan

Velázquez Responds to Spitzer's Decision to Revoke Driver's License Plan
November 14, 2007
Press Release

NEW YORK – Today, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) made the following statement after Governor Eliot Spitzer announced he would no longer pursue his driver’s license plan.

“Governor Spitzer should be commended for attempting to address an area where the federal government has failed miserably. For twelve years Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and White House and did nothing but agitate the issue. With one million undocumented individuals on New York’s roads annually - - all of which are driving without a license or insurance -- this is a public safety issue. But given public concern, the governor’s action to withdraw his proposal is prudent.  This problem is not going away and only reinforces the need for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes tough enforcement and border security with the necessary funding; coupled with a path to citizenship. I know that Governor Spitzer will continue to work with us on a solution that will bring America together.”