"We have strong feelings against any proposal that will provide illegal immigrants with enticements to enter a state and hide in plain sight," said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, in a written statement. The NBPC is the union that represents about 10,000 Border Patrol agents. "There's no doubt this would hamper homeland security."
Locally, one police department said it wasn't concerned with the new regulation affecting its work.
"The only thing we would be concerned with is whether or not a person has a valid New York state driver's license," said Lt. Greg Veitch, director of communications for the Saratoga Springs Police Department. "Who can apply, or how someone can apply does not affect us. If it's a valid New York document, it wouldn't affect our procedures at all." ""