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Supporters Push for “Safe Driving Act”

IMMIGRANT DRIVINGSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Some 700 people packed a Springfield church tonight urging lawmakers to consider allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses.

The Massachusetts Safe Driving Act would grant driver’s licenses to residents who don’t qualify for a social security number.

It would also require undocumented immigrants to pass a driving exam and hold liability insurance.

Supporters say it would make the roads safer for everyone.

Springfield Resident, Rosendo Santiaco who went to the meeting tonight at All Souls Catholic Church told us, “We want to be able to take our children to school and back and not have to worry about that. It’s all important for the entire community because immigrants here want to participate, they want to pay taxes and want to have insurance which will be for the well-being of everybody.”

Opponents argue though that the rules to obtain a driver’s license should be the same for all.

“Having a license is a privilege that we teach kids to adults and nothing should change the way you obtain it or use it as a means of identification because it makes things easier, I don’t think that should be done,” says Springfield Police Officer, Charles Youmans.

People in attendance tonight also pushed for the passage of the “Trust Act” a bill to provide immediate relief from deportations and strengthen public safety.


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