Last week Colorado became the 11th state in the U.S. to begin issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. The argument for allowing the undocumented to have driver’s licenses is based upon public safety. If every driver is licensed, law enforcement knows who is on the road, and undocumented immigrants would be subject to the typical driving exam that shows an understanding of the state’s motor vehicle laws. Additionally undocumented drivers would be required to purchase auto insurance.
Predictably, Republican legislators who opposed the driver’s license bill argued that allowing the undocumented to receive licenses encourages law breaking. Democrats in Colorado’s state legislature supported the driver’s license bill.
Minus action from Congress to pass immigration reform, states with significant immigrant populations that are largely incorporated into the fabric of those states will continue to see similar laws proposed and enacted.
Check out the clip below about how the driver’s license law will work in Colorado via PBS NewsHour:
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