ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The state of New York may soon allow immigrants who entered the United States illegally to obtain a driver's license.
The measure was passed by the state assembly last week and could be voted on in the state Senate chaired by Democrats as early as Monday afternoon.
Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo supports the bill, although he worried Monday about the US immigration authorities' seizure of licensing information to target immigrants who would be deported.
Supporters include the New York State Business Council, the state's largest business organization, and immigrant rights advocates who argue that immigrants need licenses to work and support their families.
Republican legislators, however, believe that approval of this measure could lead to electoral fraud and that citizens should not be rewarded for violating immigration rules.
Twelve states already allow licenses for immigrants who have entered the country illegally.
Andrew Cuomo through the years
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee watch Pope Francis visit Notre-Dame des Anges School in East Harlem, New York on September 25, 2015. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
Governor Andrew Cuomo, of the State of New York, waved as he arrives to speak during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States , July 28, 2016. REUTERS / Jim Young
Democratic Republican presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2nd R) beckons to the crowd as she participates in the Memorial Day parade with former US President Bill Clinton (left) and the governor from the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo (right), in Chappaqua, New York (United States). 30, 2016. REUTERS / Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo (left), shakes hands with James Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, following a press conference to announce the announcement. 39 major transportation initiatives in the borough of Manhattan, New York, January 6, 2016. Cuomo promised the "biggest investment in upstate New York, the period" promised a $ 22 billion investment in bridges and roads, with the goal of reversing the years of decline of the northwest belt of New York. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri
US Vice President Joe Biden appears with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on the scene at an event on the economy at the Javitz Convention Center in New York on September 10, 2015. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at a "Raise the Wage" rally in New York on May 7, 2015. Governor Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would create a "Council of wages ", a measure apparently designed to raise the minimum wage without the approval of state legislators. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (left) and Cardinal Jaime Ortega, Archbishop of Havana, shake hands in Havana on April 20, 2015. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met Monday at Havana senior Cuban officials at the head of a large economic delegation advantage of easing restrictions of President Barack Obama with the island led by communists. Cuomo, a Democrat, is the first governor to visit Cuba since the announcement made by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December, to restore diplomatic relations and normalize trade relations and travel relations after more half a century of hostility and confrontation. REUTERS / Enrique de la Osa
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, alongside his mother, Matilda, and other family members while he looks at the coffin of his father, the former governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, be transported to St. Ignatius Loyola Church to be buried in the New York district. York, January 6, 2015. Mario Cuomo, three-time governor of New York and dominant voice of the Liberal Party's liberal wing who rejected several invitations to run for president of the United States, died on January 1 at his home in Manhattan. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICAL OBITUARY)
On January 3, 2015, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee leave the wake of Wenjian Liu, an officer from the New York Police Department, killed in the state of New York. New York. Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot dead while they were sitting in their team's car in Brooklyn. Their murderer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who committed suicide shortly thereafter, said he was seeking revenge for the death of two unarmed black men in the hands of white police this summer. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES – Tags: CIVIL SOCIETY UNREST LAW)
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