Bill Would Give Foreign Nationals a Driver's License

May 7, 2013

Foreign nationals would be able to get driver’s licenses under a bill being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon.

One of the cosponsors of the legislation, Democratic Senator Juan Pichardo of Providence, said offering licenses to undocumented residents makes sense.

“By granting a driver’s license for undocumented that will give them the ability to register their vehicles and then pay taxes, therefore having some state revenues,” said Pichardo, “but will also provide a safety measure for many residents.”

Pichardo said providing licenses will make foreign nationals accountable as drivers. Critics say non-citizens shouldn’t be able to get driver’s licenses.

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