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Case Name Staudenraus v. Spitzer IM-NY-0042
Docket / Court No. 07-33872 ( State Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Case Summary
On October 7, 2007, the conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York taxpayer in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Suffolk County, challenging New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's change to the state driver's license policy. Under the policy change, the state ... read more >
On October 7, 2007, the conservative group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York taxpayer in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Suffolk County, challenging New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's change to the state driver's license policy. Under the policy change, the state intended to dispense with the requirement that a driver's license applicant provide a valid social security number in order to receive a license. The policy, which was heralded as giving "all New Yorkers the opportunity to apply for driver's licenses without regard to immigration status," received national attention and became a focal issue for candidates during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. The lawsuit alleged that the policy change violated the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law §§ 500 et seq. and the State Administrative Procedure Act, §§ 101, et seq.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the Governor decided to drop the change in policy, citing "pending lawsuits" and public opposition. The case is closed.

Elizabeth Daligga - 07/16/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration/Border
Undocumented immigrants - state and local regulation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Governor of New York
New York Department of Motor Vehicles
Plaintiff Description Judicial Watch
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  SUMMARY:The Nationwide Perez-Fuñez Permanent Injunction Provisions for Unaccompanied Children in DHS Custody
www.nilc.org
Date: June 2014
By: National Immigration Law Center (National Immigration Law Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
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General Documents
Complaint and Summons
IM-NY-0042-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/2007
Judicial Watch Files Taxpayer Lawsuit against New York Governor Spitzer, DMV to Stop Driver Licenses for Illegal Aliens
IM-NY-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/20/2007
Plaintiff's Lawyers Aldrich, James B. (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0042-0002
Borovina, Anton J. (New York)
IM-NY-0042-0002
Peterson, James F. (District of Columbia)
IM-NY-0042-0002

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