Commentary: Provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants

via Palm Beach Post

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Jeffrey Stewart is a Miami immigration attorney and co-chairman of the Congressional Committee of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Driving a car, truck or motorcycle is indispensable to many people working and living in Florida. At any given time there are millions of cars on Florida’s roadways. However, it is estimated that as many as one in five of these drivers does not have a driver’s license. Under current law, Florida’s undocumented immigrants lack driving privileges, exacerbating this problem.

To allow Florida’s undocumented individuals to apply for provisional licenses just makes sense.

Legislators this session will vote on a bill that would significantly increase road safety, provide enhanced security by allowing law enforcement to identify individuals, and provide real economic benefits to the state. Legislatures across the country have enacted laws tailored to providing driver licenses to undocumented individuals to promote public safety and accountability. To date, 11 states have enacted such legislation: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Puerto Rico, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

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