BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is planning to extend the current Erie County Whistleblower Hotline to include tips on illegal aliens, with the intention to forward the tips to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Earlier this month, the New York State legislature passed the Green Light Bill, which would give illegal aliens the ability to receive a driver's license. Advocates for the bill said that it would only allow for an undocumented immigrant to drive a car and not be used for other purposes like voting. Other bills would also give Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed the Green Light bill into law, the authority to remove any county clerk who refuses to allow illegals to obtain the license.
"We strongly believe that we are the stewards of taxpayer dollars," Mychajliw said. "I am the protector of taxpayers. I feel very strongly that illegal immigrants should not get a driver's license. I will help in any way, shape, or form, making sure that federal law enforcement is notified of an illegal alien that applies for a driver's license."
Mychajliw said the green light bill affects Erie County taxpayers because it may allow illegals to vote. Fiscally, he said it could impact the county because more illegals could mean more people who need to be hired as clerks or translators.
"I don't think it's fair that this law that has been passed puts a priority (on) illegal immigrants over law-abiding taxpaying citizens," Mychajliw said. "I think that's fundamentally wrong."