New York Politicians Push To Grant Driver's Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants


Many politicians pointing to statistics as the basis for reforming the law. Unlicensed drivers are five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, and uninsured drivers are far more likely to flee the scene of an accident. 

Peralta’s bill will help solve this problem -- permitting the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants able to provide non-U.S. identification, prove residence in the state, and demonstrate they have no been convicted of a felony crime.

“The legislation will also help make all New Yorkers safer by allowing us to identify everyone who drives on our roads and ensure that they are properly credentialed, educated, and operating registered, inspected, and insured vehicles,” Peralta said.

Earlier this year, California's governor signed a bill to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to obtain driver's licenses.

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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