Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, today announced his support for providing Rhode Island drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants.
In his statement, Bishop Tobin noted that Catholic bishops in the United States have supported enactment of comprehensive immigration reform. ``Until that finally happens, particular, ad hoc issues such as providing drivers licenses for undocumented individuals will inevitably arise,’’ said Tobin.
``I wish to express my support for the proposal to provide special, limited licenses for undocumented individuals in Rhode Island,’’ said Tobin. ``It seems to be a practical approach that will obtain information about individuals who are already driving in the state.’’
Tobin also said licenses for the undocumented would promote public safety. ``It is common sense legislation that will do much more good than harm.’’
``Our Holy Father Pope Francis has reminded us that he himself is the son of an immigrant family and he has urged Americans to welcome immigrants into our midst,’’ said Tobin.
Tobin also called on people on all sides of the issue to `’discuss the issue in a reasonable and constructive way.’’