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Undocumented Immigrants Call for Driver’s Licenses

With Democrat Terry McAuliffe weeks from the governor’s office, a priority rises from the undocumented and their supporters.

Sample Virginia driver's license from the Virginia DMV)
Sample Virginia driver's license from the Virginia DMV)
Seeing a shift in Richmond, Virginia activists are making a new push for driver’s licenses for undocumented workers. More than 300 supporters met in Sterling last week to plan the new campaign.

"Driver’s licenses used to be for everyone. But after 9/11 everything changed,” said event organizer Noah Feldman. “Many politicians used the terror caused by the attacks to discriminate against immigrants. Politicians in Virginia seized this opportunity and took driver's licenses away from hard-working Virginia residents."And all eyes are on Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who has stressed bipartisanship in Richmond, with a conservative House of Delegates and a state Senate split between Republicans and Democrats.

"I voted for Terry McAuliffe. He won thanks to the Latino vote. It is time that he promises to return driver’s licenses to our community," said Jessica Robles, a citizen and resident of Herndon. "Every day there are too many hit and run accidents because many undocumented drivers are too afraid to show they have no driver's license which means no insurance."

Is it time for driver’s licenses for undocumented workers? Tell us in the comments section below.
Barbara Pelzner December 16, 2013 at 08:16 AM
I agree undocumented workers should have drivers' licenses. Why not have them pass tests and then make it easier for them to get to work?

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