Undocumented Immigrants Could Get Driving License in New York

April 19, 2018. On April 18, 2018, advocacy groups protested for the Driver License Access and Privacy Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York and would also protect their information to prevent putting them at risk for deportation. A bill for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants has been proposed for many years and supporters say that now is the time for it to pass. This article cited FPI’s report, Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses.

One of the hurdles faced by undocumented immigrants in the United States is no access to a driver’s license. However, that could change in New York soon. Rights groups holding a peaceful protest at the Capitol on April 18 pushed for the legislation–the Driver License Access and Privacy Act–allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.

The bill “restricts what information can be retained and given out on those applying or holding standard drivers’ licenses,” according to the official document. By restricting giving out information about those who have driver’s licenses, the transport department would not have to report the undocumented immigrants to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to Fiscal Policy Institute, 265,000 immigrants would get licenses if the law is signed. That estimate includes 500 licenses in Binghamton, 1000 in Utica, 2500 in Buffalo and 3000 in Rochester, the report said.

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