Advocates Push For Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Immigrants In Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — The largest immigrant advocacy group in New England is again pushing lawmakers to support a bill that would allow foreign-born residents living in the country illegally to secure Massachusetts driver’s licenses.

Massachusetts law currently requires immigrants seeking a driver’s license to prove that they are in the country legally.

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition says removing that barrier — as proposed under the Safe Driving Bill — would make Massachusetts roads more secure ensuring immigrants living in the country illegally are trained, licensed and insured.

Supporters say the bill would particularly help people who do not live near public transportation. It also would protect the health and well-being of children who depend on their parents in medical emergencies.

Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 5.

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Online: Massachusetts Safe Driving Bill Online Petition

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