Undocumented Immigrants Could Apply For NC Driving Permits Under Republican Plan

Via: North Carolina Public Radio

RPhoto: Rep. Harry Warrenep. Harry Warren likes to wear flag pins on his jacket: One with the U.S. flag, and another with the North Carolina flag. On Tuesday morning, he sported them as he stood in front of the House of Representatives’ powerful finance committee, arguing the federal government has been ignoring a problem, and that the state government should take action.

“The question before us is whether or not we as an elected body want to take some strong legislative steps to hold undocumented folks accountable to obey North Carolina law,” Warren said.

Warren, a Republican from Rowan County, is the lead author of a bill that would allow some of North Carolina’s more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants to apply for restricted driving permits. Under the bill (HB328), people could obtain a one-year permit by passing the state’s driving tests, passing a criminal background check, and having their fingerprints taken. Continue reading

Driver’s License Debate Gets to FL House Floor

An amendment introduced by Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez prompted a debate in the House floor between pro-road safety and anti-immigrant legislators

Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez
Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez

Today, Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez (D-Miami) introduced an amendment to House Bill 27 to allow all potential drivers in Florida to apply for a license, regardless of their immigration status, as a way to increase the  number of insured drivers and road safety. The amendment failed with 37 votes in favor and 79 votes against. (See vote count)

HB27 attempts to accept military identification card to apply for a driver’s license, and Rep. Rodriguez’ amendment proposed to expand the reach of the bill by allowing other Florida residents to apply for a license. Currently, thousands of Florida drivers cannot apply for a license due to their immigration status. The amendment would provide the means for undocumented Floridians to get trained and tested in order to obtain a driver’s license and car insurance.

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El Nuevo Herald: Proponen dar licencias de conducir a indocumentados en Florida

Luisana Pérez, miembro de la campaña Drive Safe Sunshine State, explicó que la legislación no sólo beneficiaría a los indocumentados, la propuesta también tendría un impacto económico y mejoraría la seguridad vial en el estado. C.M. GUERRERO EL NUEVO HERALD
Luisana Pérez, miembro de la campaña Drive Safe Sunshine State, explicó que la legislación no sólo beneficiaría a los indocumentados, la propuesta también tendría un impacto económico y mejoraría la seguridad vial en el estado. C.M. GUERRERO EL NUEVO HERALD

“Te da miedo llamar a la policía por no tener documentos”, dijo esta uruguaya de 46 años y madre de Damián, de 13 años.

Araujo, junto a otros inmigrantes indocumentados y activistas se presentaron el lunes ante la Delegación Legislativa de Miami-Dade para pedirles a los legisladores su apoyo a un proyecto de ley que otorgaría licencias de conducir en la Florida sin importar el estatus legal de las personas.

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