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Cubas v. Martinez
On June 7, 2007, the New York Court of Appeals (that State's highest court) upheld new regulations adopted by the State of New York that make it extremely difficult for illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging the courts to uphold the regulations. WLF argued that the restrictions are needed to ensure that terrorists and criminals do not obtain fake identification documents that can facilitate their activities. The Court of Appeals agreed and held that those interests outweigh any interests that illegal aliens may have in obtaining driver's licenses. In the past, New York and most other states have been relatively lax in issuing licenses without adequate proof of the applicant's identity. The result has been that criminals and terrorists have been able to obtain driver's licenses under false names using forged identity documents.
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