Illegal immigrants in the Bronx can no longer be turned away at New York DMV

Illegal immigrants in the Bronx can no longer be turned away at the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

The state Supreme Court ruled the New York DMV can not use immigrant status to deny drivers? licenses. The court also said that the DMV overstepped its boundaries and only the state has the power to decide who is denied.

The Puerto Rican Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the New York DMV on behalf of illegal immigrants. The fund says the DMV wanted to take away the licenses of approximately 250,000 illegal immigrants that couldn?t produce Social Security numbers.

The New York DMV is planning to appeal the court?s decision. DMV officials add that verifying a Social Security number is an important way to identify someone.

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