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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.

A sample Virginia driver's license from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
A sample Virginia driver's license from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

By Greg Hambrick

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.

JCK December 15, 2013 at 09:26 AM
The word "ridiculous" comes to mind.
Lee Hernly December 16, 2013 at 09:38 AM
So we should give immigrants, who broke federal law by coming here illegally, valid drivers licenses? Ditto what JCK said.
matt tallmerq December 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
"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." Umm, Mr. Feldman, don't you remember that the majority of those terrorists who killed more than 3,000 Americans were able to board the plane because of licenses they obtained here in VA - despite not being citizens or even legal residents? Do you want to repeat that?

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