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Push for Illegal Immigrants to be Granted Driver's Licenses in Mass.

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

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. Credit: File photo
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. Credit: File photo

By Susan Petroni

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, reported the Boston Herald.

Massachusetts law currently requires immigrants seeking a driver's license to prove they are in America legally.

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said 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.

The petition was signed by nearly 1,800 supporters by Saturday.

The petition features Valdirene Oliveira, an undocumented Brazilian, who has struggled to adequately care for her daughter who suffers from Spina Bifida, most acutely because she lacks a license to drive.

Read more of the Associated Press report in the Boston Herald at this link.

david mokal January 28, 2014 at 02:55 PM
GEESH GREG My MoM and DaD came here from Norway when they were 17 years old. They were imigrants. They settled here in Malden. Does this mean I should dig em up and ship them back to Norway. Greg we all come from Imigrents. they are the ones who built this country. They are not afraid to learn and work. I think from what we see on the TV we better think of our own people.
david mokal January 28, 2014 at 02:55 PM
GEESH GREG My MoM and DaD came here from Norway when they were 17 years old. They were imigrants. They settled here in Malden. Does this mean I should dig em up and ship them back to Norway. Greg we all come from Imigrents. they are the ones who built this country. They are not afraid to learn and work. I think from what we see on the TV we better think of our own people.
Matthew January 28, 2014 at 04:58 PM
David...... Did you really read my comment sir? I'm sure your parents came here "LEGALLY". As did my Grandparents and Great Grandparents. Your right, they came here to learn and work, and helped build this country. Not wreak havoc on it like the "ILLEGALS" do. They worked to earn everything they had. They didn't get handouts and special treatment by our goverment and they came here "LEGALLY". How dare you compare our ancestors who came here the right way to help build our country to the "ILLEGALS" of today. All of them either looking for goverment handouts or criminals. Just like BO's Aunt.
david mokal January 30, 2014 at 05:52 PM
How Dare I? Did the Pilgrims register to be Americans when they landed? What about the Patriots 1776 did they go by Ellis Island. There wasnt any. Who are you to tell me How Dare I? Just like Facebook this Patch has turned into a toilet.
Matthew January 31, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Well sir you are right about one thing. Facebook and Patch are toilets. As far as the rest of your comment? Not a very good comparison to today's "illegals". That's all I have to say about that. Good day sir.

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