Push for Illegal Immigrants to be Granted Driver's Licenses in Mass.

Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 5.

By Susan Petroni

The largest immigrant advocacy group in New England is again pushing lawmakers to support a bill that would allow foreign-born residents living in the country illegally to secure Massachusetts driver's licenses, reported the Boston Herald.

Massachusetts law currently requires immigrants seeking a driver's license to prove they are in America legally.

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said removing that barrier — as proposed under the Safe Driving Bill — would make Massachusetts roads more secure ensuring immigrants living in the country illegally are trained, licensed and insured.

Supporters say the bill would particularly help people who do not live near public transportation. It also would protect the health and well-being of children who depend on their parents in medical emergencies.

Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 5.

The petition was signed by nearly 1,800 supporters by Saturday.

The petition features Valdirene Oliveira, an undocumented Brazilian, who has struggled to adequately care for her daughter who suffers from Spina Bifida, most acutely because she lacks a license to drive.

Read more of the Associated Press report in the Boston Herald at this link.

Carrie January 28, 2014 at 07:29 PM
I really hope they don't vote for this. Think of what this will do to the cost of our already expensive car insurance when they are giving licenses to illegals.
Catherine Rielly January 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Doesn't every parent have the right to a driver's license to drive their child to school and to the doctor if their son or daughter gets sick? IN RESPONSE TO THE IMPACT ON CAR INSURANCE COSTS, with all due respect, I disagree with the above reader. WITH DRIVERS LICENSES, UNDOCUMENTED PERSONS WILL BE ABLE TO BUY CAR INSURANCE (that they can't get without a license). Without licenses, they still have to drive--how else can they transport their kids ? -- but THEY ARE UNABLE TO BUY INSURANCE. THIS BILL WOULD MAKE DRIVERS SAFER, SINCE MORE DRIVERS WILL BE INSURED, if our undocumented friends have licenses.
Wayne Wisner January 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Question: where would the illegals get the money to buy car insurance ?
Aron Levy January 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Wayne, they have jobs, same as you and me. They pay taxes, sw as you and me. They are people, same as you and me.
Carrie January 29, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Wayne, the rest of us will pay more for insurance when they have accidents because they could be gone. Aron, how do illegals pay taxes if they are here illegally and don't have a social security number? I do think these are legitimate concerns.
Wayne Wisner January 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Then let's make them legal ! Wouldn't it be better than rewarding behavior that is against the law ?
Aron Levy January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM
http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Myths_and_facts_about_immigration_to_the_United_States#Illegal_immigrants_don.E2.80.99t_pay_taxes /// http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3587378/ /// http://www.itep.org/immigration/
Carrie January 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Wayne, except that the Governor, at the State of the State address, and the President, at the State of the Union address, both said last night that they wanted to extend unemployment benefits because we don't have enough jobs now for Americans. If we make them all legal, how will that help?
Wayne Wisner January 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Well friends, with the demise of Patch, I wonder whether we'll be able to carry on these discussions. I think it is important to talk to each other. The Burlington editor was canned. Is the Lexington editor OK ?
Carrie January 30, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Wayne, that's too bad. I did hear something about patch ending but I didn't know when that would happen.


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