A bus full of Illinois Public Action members from Bloomington Normal joined other advocates from across the state in Springfield lobbying for drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants. Opponents argue that would reward illegal behavior. But, IPA member Christina Deutsch says the issue is public safety and requiring people to pay insurance and take driving tests.
"If they're here, they're working. And if they're working, we need them, and they have to go to work. So, it's not a matter of, 'go home.' What we're trying to solve in our community is a problem that has not been solved in Congress."
IPA members say states such as Wisconsin, California, Utah, Washington, and New Mexico that have passed similar laws saw a big decrease in illegal and uninsured driving. The Illinois Insurance Association also favors the measure. Supporters of the measure also hope that attaching undocumented immigrant drivers licenses to the temporary permits already issued to legal immigrants and their dependents will make the measure more appealing to uncommitted lawmakers than regular licenses based on social security numbers.
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