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Undocumented Immigrants Call for Driver’s Licenses

With Democrat Terry McAuliffe weeks from the governor’s office, a priority rises from the undocumented and their supporters.

Withthe election of Terry McAuliffe as the next governor, undocumented immigrants are once again pushing for drivers' licenses. (Sample License from Virginia DMV)
Withthe election of Terry McAuliffe as the next governor, undocumented immigrants are once again pushing for drivers' licenses. (Sample License from Virginia DMV)

By Greg Hambrick

Seeing a shift in Richmond, area activists are making a new push for driver’s licenses for undocumented workers. 

More than 300 supporters met in Sterling last week to plan the new campaign.

"Driver’s licenses used to be for everyone. But after 9/11 everything changed,” said event organizer Noah Feldman. “Many politicians used the terror caused by the attacks to discriminate against immigrants. Politicians in Virginia seized this opportunity and took driver's licenses away from hard-working Virginia residents."

And all eyes are on Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who has stressed bipartisanship in Richmond, with a conservative House of Delegates and a State Senate split between Republicans and Democrats.

"I voted for Terry McAuliffe. He won thanks to the Latino vote. It is time that he promises to return driver’s licenses to our community," said Jessica Robles, a citizen and resident of Herndon. "Every day there are too many hit-and-run accidents because many undocumented drivers are too afraid to show they have no driver's license, which means no insurance."

Is it time for driver’s licenses for undocumented workers?Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.


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john Fuller December 15, 2013 at 06:57 AM
It is interesting to think Mr. Noah Feldman feels that we are going to have a democratic governor due to the illegal immigrant vote. If illegal immigrants are afraid to drive because they don't have licences or insurance and leave the scene of an accident (which can be up to a Class 6 felony), how many more laws are they going to break before law abiding citizens say that is enough? Now law abiding citizens are suppose to give legal drivers licenses to those in the country illegally. Try that in another country in the world.
Douglas Manuel December 15, 2013 at 07:30 AM
So is the article stating that "driver’s licenses for undocumented workers" will require applicants to provide a W-2, as part if the process?
The Convict December 16, 2013 at 09:13 AM
Deportan todos de los illegalitos ahora!

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