Support bill for licenses

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To the Editor:

Bills have been filed in the state House and Senate that would enable undocumented immigrants to get Massachusetts driver’s licenses. It is called the Work and Family Mobility Act (House bill 3012 and Senate bill 2061), and is co-sponsored by our state Rep. Dylan Fernades and state Sen. Julian Cyr.
Currently, undocumented immigrants cannot get a Massachusetts driver’s license. As adults on Martha’s Vineyard, most of us need to drive for work and family. Driving without a license is risky for undocumented immigrants, and unsafe for all of us.
Please support this bill. It is being considered in the Joint Transportation Committee. A public hearing was held this week. In writing or phoning to support this bill, you might stress the safety aspect of our situation, saying you live in a community in which many undocumented immigrants live and work and need to drive. You can address your comments to: Senate chairman Joseph Boncore — 617-722-1634/joseph.boncore@masenate.gov and House chairman William Strauss — 617-722-2400/william.straus@mahouse.gov.

Cynthia Aguilar

West Tisbury

7 COMMENTS

  1. Driving without a license is risky for undocumented immigrants, and unsafe for all of us. Risky and unsafe yes indeed and also breaking the law by an undocumented immigrants which should be reason enough to send them to their legal home country. Almost all illegals found on Martha’s Vineyard are here for financial reasons and have not applied for refugee status, break the law and allow us to buy your ticket home.

    • teehump– Thank you for being concerned about unsafe drivers, and taking the time to comment here. But you are not addressing the issue , which is insuring competent and insured drivers on the roads. Concerning the immigration issue , you seem to be parroting racist talking points.

  2. “Driving without a license is risky for undocumented immigrants, and unsafe for all of us.” Quite the point. Are those driving without licenses also driving without insurance? Are the vehicles being driven lawfully registered? To obtain a learner’s permit in MA, one needs, “proof of citizenship or lawful presence, a Social Security number, and Massachusetts residency. “(https://www.mass.gov/guides/massachusetts-identification-id-requirements) I am concerned about safe driving in this, not about immigration per se. If these requirements are waived for some, they must be waived for all. Either all must drive with proof of insurance, or no one has to do so. The red tape sticks to everyone. “Currently, undocumented immigrants cannot get a Massachusetts driver’s license. ” Neither can citizens of the United States – without proper documentation.

  3. when I rent a vehicle in Caribbean countries, I get a temporary drivers license.
    Some of the most important issues here could be mitigated if we allowed people who have a drivers license in their country of origin to obtain a temporary one here. I am sure most people would prefer to be legal and carry insurance, which seems to be one of the legitimate concerns. Providing a path to allow them to legally drive makes sense to me.

  4. Nothing stopped them from driving around before. So what changed? Duval giving the licensee the privilege to register to vote during the process. Is thas the real reason for this Badl Law?

    • PC — we are talking about driving, and trying to make the roads safer. Regardless of what you might hear from trump or hate radio, only U.S citizens can vote in state and federal elections. If you don’t want people to vote, that’s another issue. In the meantime, as a former police officer, I would think you would be concerned about people driving without licenses. Why not let them go through the process, learn how to drive, if they don’t already know , make sure they understand the local rules of the road , and allow them to get the same insurance that you and I are required to get.
      Your point about them registering to vote is a false narrative based on fear and bias.

  5. …looking on the bright side? It’ll be like the culling of the herd of lawyers when a few go out of business.

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