Democrats in the New York Senate on Thursday, Jan. 9 passed a law that would automatically register anyone as a voter when they get their driver’s license, something all illegal aliens can get since December. 

Senate Bill S6457B, which is in the process of being passed by the Assembly, provides that anyone who obtains a driver’s license in New York state will be registered as a voter by default unless they specifically mark a box waiving membership on the voter roll. 

What is disturbing about this measure is that it would de facto grant the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of immigrants who, as of December 2019, can obtain a driver’s license in New York state thanks to a law passed in June and which went into effect on Dec. 16. 

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Green Light Act last year, which allows anyone over the age of 16 to apply for a driver’s license regardless of immigration status, and will also not require a Social Security number.

The rule also blocks federal immigration officials from accessing the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMW) database, preventing them from checking whether a vehicle owner has a criminal record, is on a sex offender registry, or has an outstanding warrant. 

The data is “to building out these criminal cases, identifying criminal suspects, and enhancing officer safety,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement.

“This will protect criminals at the expense of the safety and security law-abiding New York residents,” a DHS spokesman added.

Currently, in New York state, U.S. citizens need only show their driver’s license to register to vote. 

This new measure would further pave the way for illegal aliens to vote as full citizens by saving them the step of having to register to vote. 

In this context, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of DHS, on Tuesday, Dec. 31, ordered a review of new laws in New York, New Jersey, and other states that allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses and restrict the exchange of data with federal immigration authorities.

Wolf ordered all components of DHS—including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Coast Guard, and the Transportation Security Administration—to conduct a department study on how state laws will affect their immigration enforcement efforts and other investigations into child exploitation, human trafficking, terrorism, sex offenders and drug trafficking.