Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Getting Closer to Reality in New York

March 12, 2019. This article discusses the rally at the New York State Capitol, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition, that called on lawmakers to allow undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. The coalition argues that it will make New York’s roads safer and bring in additional revenue.

Hundreds of activists from across New York are traveling to the Capitol on Tuesday to call on lawmakers to allow driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country without legal permission.

The New York Immigration Coalition, an organization pushing for immigrants’ rights, is urging lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include the driver’s license measure in the state’s upcoming budget, which is due March 31.

About 265,000 undocumented immigrants statewide would obtain driver’s licenses, including 64,000 north of New York City and 51,000 on Long Island, according to a report last month from the Fiscal Policy Institute, a liberal think tank.

The group estimated the state would get about $57 million in annual revenue and $27 million in one-time revenue from them getting driver’s licenses, new cars and registrations, as well as paying sales and gas taxes.

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