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 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.