An elected official in Western New York is offering county clerks and their employees across the state, a way to report undocumented immigrants who apply for driver’s licenses to federal authorities.

New York State’s new “Green Light” law which grants those licenses, also provides protections to make sure people in the country illegally don’t face deportation as a result. Attorney General Tish James, D, in a legal opinion earlier this week, pointed out the legislation prevents disclosure of Department of Motor Vehicles’ records to agencies that primarily enforce immigration laws.

However, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw has offered his office’s Whistleblower Hotline, as a way for clerks to anonymously report those records.

“To preserve the integrity of our electoral process and protect law enforcement, I expanded my Whistleblower Hotline to provide a direct and anonymous tip to ICE from County Clerks or their employees who suspect an illegal alien has requested a driver’s license,” Mychajliw said. “The threat from Governor Cuomo to remove County Clerks from office is real. I’m simply providing them a tool to report illegal immigrants to federal law enforcement without the fear of being forcibly kicked out of office.”

The comptroller also personally extended the offer to Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, a vocal critic of the law who has vowed not to process the licenses. We’ve reached out to Kearns for a response.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, D, offered his own response on social media Friday morning.

“For the record, when I was comptroller I created the Whistleblower Hotline as a way for citizens to report the waste, fraud and abuse of county resources,” he said. “This use of it by the comptroller is, in itself, an abuse of county resources.”

Poloncarz said if Mychajliw wants to create a hotline “to advance his own political ambition,” he should pay for it himself.