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Lawmakers Renew Push To Extend Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Workers

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Advocates are renewing a push to legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The fate of the legislation remains unclear at this point. Two...

Advocates are renewing a push to legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The fate of the legislation remains unclear at this point.

Two Providence lawmakers, Representative

Anastasia Williams and Senator Frank Ciccone, are sponsoring bills to create driving privileges for people unable to establish a lawful presence in the US.

Supporters call providing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants a matter of public safety. They say undocumented drivers are already using the roads, and because of that, they should have a license. But opponents say it’s wrong to provide licenses to people who are not US citizens.

In a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello remained non-committal. He says the House will hold a hearing to assess the merit of the legislation.

Governor Gina Raimondo said she hopes to work out a resolution with the general assembly by the end of the month.

The Rhode Island Statehouse
The Rhode Island Statehouse