BUFFALO, N.Y. — Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns is continuing his fight against New York State's Green Light Law.
The law passed in 2019 allows undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses in the state.
Kearns filed the lawsuit against the state and asked for a preliminary injunction to keep the law from going into effect in December.
During Wednesday's hearing, Kearns told the legislature that it will be very difficult for his workers to interpret documentation in multiple foreign languages. He claims this will cost the county more than $600,000.
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Wolford granted the state's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Kearns did not have the legal ability to bring such a case, either as an individual or in his official capacity as clerk.
Wolford went on to say, "Because (Kearns) has failed to establish standing to challenge the Green Light Law, the Court is left with no choice but to dismiss (the) lawsuit."