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Push for Illegals To Be Granted Massachusetts Driver's Licenses

Massachusetts lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 5.

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.

Brian Dobson January 27, 2014 at 07:30 AM
This bill should not be passed. If it does, you will have every illegal within 1000 miles coming here to get their drivers license. They will use phony addresses and to get the licenses. Illegal is Illegal ! ! ! ! Please enter the country legally and then you may get your license like everyone else does .....................
mostmoderateD January 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Absolutely not, what kind of message will that send, the wrong one that we reward bad behavior.......
Lori S January 27, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Come here legally and get a license YES, you're here illegally you should be deported back where you came from
Moises Vailant January 27, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Immigrants are hard workers they pay tax and most had kids here, 60% came here legally but their I-94 got expired lol its time for it why not?? and they are not bad people either and most of our population are descendant or came from other countries except the natives.... any coutry you go you find an illegal immigrant we're not the only place.... if no criminal record found**** I SAY YES
Prometheus January 28, 2014 at 08:16 AM
Their being here IS their criminal record. Respect the work and honor of those who have come here legally.....and are waiting to come here legally.

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