NY Dems distance themselves from illegal immigrant legislation | New York Post
By Aaron Short
Democratic leaders ran for cover Monday from legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to vote in New York and become eligible for health and other benefits now reserved for citizens. The measure — which also would allow undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses and even run for office — was introduced earlier this year by state Sen. Gustavo Rivera D-Bronx and Assemblyman Karim Camara D-Brooklyn.For some Dem incumbents, the issue was too sensitive to even discuss.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined requests for comment. But his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, pounced.
“Voting is a right reserved for citizens. Period,” Astorino said. “And the Department of Homeland Security has clearly stated that driver’s licenses were used by the 9/11 terrorists as identification cards that allowed them to operate invisibly on American soil. They must not fall into the wrong hands again.”
Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins distanced herself from the legislation.