A coalition of immigrant organizations and individuals has filed a motion to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging New York’s new Green Light Law.

The law, which is set to go into effect in December, will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. The challenge was filed by Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns who argued the state law conflicts with federal statute.

Kearns named Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Attorney General Letitia James and Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder as defendants. However, the coalition said immigrants would be impacted directly and differently than the state and therefore should be allowed to participate in the litigation.

“They are uniquely situated to provide factual information that would significantly contribute to a full understanding of the impact an adverse determination could have on beneficiaries of the law. They are intimately familiar with the need to protect individuals who seek to engage in an everyday activity — here, driving — without fear of deportation,” attorney Jorge Luis Vasquez, Jr. wrote. “Collectively, Intervenors can describe the interests of immigrants in securing a license so that necessities of daily living, such as driving to the grocery store to shop for food or the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions, doctor’s offices for examinations and treatments, the ease of which many others take for granted, can be accomplished without fear and trepidation. The State is simply ill-suited to provide that perspective.”

The prospective intervenors include the Rural and Migrant Ministry, the New York Immigration Coalition and the Hispanic Federation, as well as a migrant farm worker in Niagara County, a Westchester County mother who is caring for two children with disabilities, a domestic violence survivor in Dutchess County and another young mother in Nassau County. They say they do not seek a delay of proceedings and, in fact, request they move quickly.

Kearns is seeking a preliminary injunction to to prevent the law from going into effect prior to a final decision from the courts. A hearing on that motion is scheduled for later this month.