Driving the immigration debate: licenses for the undocumented
Here in Washington, D.C., public transportation’s pretty good — you can get basically anywhere you need to go by Metro or bus. But the vast majority of the country doesn’t enjoy that luxury. People in places like, say, Utah and New Mexico need to drive in order to go about their daily lives — regardless of their immigration status.
Currently, only three states — Utah, New Mexico and Washington — allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driving privileges. According to immigrant advocates, it’s a question of public safety: Since so many of them will find a way to drive regardless, everyone’s better off if they’re properly licensed, have taken the requisite driving tests and are unafraid to cooperate with the police.
But now, all three of those states are considering measures that could restrict undocumented immigrants’ ability to drive or revoke it outright. And the proposals have pretty broad popular support. Elise Foley has the story.