Illegal Immigrants Wary Of Law Allowing Driver’s Licenses
However, according to an Associated Press story in the Rockford Register Star newspaper, some immigrants are worried the information from the license would be used to deport or prosecute them based on their legal status.
A bill that would give illegal immigrants the ability to obtain a special driver’s license allowing them to drive legally in Illinois as long as they obtained automobile insurance, was passed by the state Senate in December.
The proposed law may come up for a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives as early as January 7th, according to the story. If the bill passes the House, Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it.
Immigration reform groups in Illinois have been strong in support of this bill, that would add Illinois to a short list of states that currently allow illegal immigrants to obtain a license. This includes New Mexico, Washington, with California moving in that direction as well.
But the story quotes a handful of illegal immigrants who fear the data and personal information they give to the state could be used against them down the road.
These potential new immigrant driver’s licenses would not look like a standard license, could not be used for identification and would need to be renewed every three years compared to the normal four.
Here’s the full story, “Some illegal immigrants fear going for Illinois driver’s licenses.”