ICE Director to visit Rensselaer County Jail

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 19, 2020 06:19 PM
Created: February 19, 2020 04:52 PM

ICE Director Matthew Albence is scheduled to visit the Rensselaer County Jail on Thursday. This as the debate over the states Green Light Law wages on, with the Trump administration so far not backing down on restrictions put on New Yorkers when it comes to Trusted Traveler Programs.

Officials in Rensselaer County have spoken out against the Green Light Law, which allows illegal migrants to obtain drivers licenses.


There are mixed reviews for this upcoming visit, but at the Rensselaer County Executive Offices they are excited and ready for the director's visit.

County Executive Steve McLaughlin and County Clerk Frank Merola were both very vocal in their disapproval of the Green Light Law and allowing illegal immigrants to obtain licenses.

As it stands, the Green Light Law does not allow sheriff's departments to share motor vehicle information with federal agencies.

ICE has said this blocks them from effectively doing their jobs and endangers public safety.

The Trump administration announced earlier this month that as long as New York is not sharing this DMV information with the feds, they will not allow New Yorkers to participate in several Trusted Traveler Programs that allow them to get to through airports and immigration quickly.

A meeting last week between Governor Cuomo and the president was meant to try to find common ground on these issues, but so far nothing has come of it.

McLaughlin says Albence is choosing Rensselaer County to make his case because the county has stood firm in their anti-illegal immigration stance.

Albence is scheduled to speak at a press conference at the Rensselaer County Jail Thursday at 11 a.m.

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