County Clerk Promises to Defy Governor, Report Illegal Aliens
Standing firmly with other New York County Clerks in their
rebellion against Governor Spitzerís directive, Cortland
County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin says she will not only disobey
Spitzerís order, she will report applications from illegal
immigrants to the sheriff.
Larkin says the Governorís order violates her oath of office by
requiring her to break Federal laws. She says she could be charged
with a federal felony.
"if I'm aiding and abetting in any way providing
documentation...it's a five year imprisonment term. I have a
family. I'm not going to do it," Larkin said in an interview with
WSTM-TV reporter Jim Kenyon.
She says unless the Governor rescinds his order, she will post
orange signs inside the DMV office in Cortland, in English. They
would warn illegal immigrants applying for a license, that they
would be immediately reported to the Cortland County Sheriff's
Department. When asked if she was threatening them with arrest,
Larkin replied: "if they're illegal, that's their choice."
The Cortland County Clerk has written to the Chair of the Cortland
County Legislature asking that he present a resolution supporting
her position to the full legislature.
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