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

Debate sobre licencias de conducir llega al pleno de la Cámara de Representantes

Una enmienda presentada por el Representante José Javier Rodríguez impulsó un debate en el pleno de la Cámara entre los legisladores que están a favor de la seguridad vial y los anti-inmigrantes


Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez
Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez

Hoy, el Representante José Javier Rodríguez (D-Miami) presentó una enmienda al Proyecto de Ley HB27 para permitir que todos los potenciales conductores de la Florida puedan solicitar una licencia de conducir, independientemente de su estatus migratorio, con el objetivo de aumentar el número de conductores asegurados y la seguridad vial. La enmienda fracasó con 37 votos a favor y 79 votos en contra. (Ver conteo de votos)

El Proyecto de Ley HB27 pretende aceptar la tarjeta de identificación militar para solicitar una licencia de conducir, y la enmienda del Rep. Rodríguez proponía ampliar el alcance del proyecto de ley al permitir que otros residentes de la Florida también pudieran solicitar una licencia. Actualmente, miles de conductores de la Florida no pueden hacerlo debido a su estatus migratorio. La enmienda proporcionaría los medios para que los floridanos indocumentados puedan tomar clases y un examen a fin de obtener la licencia y un seguro contra accidentes. 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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Commentary: Provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants

via Palm Beach Post

Commentary: Provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants photo
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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