Minnesota Bills Would Allow Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

March 20, 2013

Bills that would let illegal immigrants get a Minnesota driver’s license are moving forward at the Capitol.

The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee has passed a bill to ease restrictions on driver’s licenses for non-U.S. citizens. A House committee also has endorsed a similar bill.

Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, a Minneapolis Democrat, says his bill would make Minnesota roads safer by funneling more drivers through the state’s driving test and making it easier for them to buy automobile insurance.

Republicans say the change could lead to unintended consequences, like illegal immigrants using state IDs to vote.

The bill passed 10-7, with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans voting against it.

Latest Comments

  • April 4, 2013 at 11:44 am
    Funny how they forget that point! Sad to see there is so much racist people out there. Let them hate us it just makes us stronger.
  • March 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    bob says:
    Yes: I get your point here in the "general" sense. But as JW said, there has to be a system of laws as to who can enter the country, and documentation for so many reasons. Tra... read more
  • March 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm
    jw says:
    Not sure why I said there were no laws, because I think there were immigration laws when Ellis Island was in use. Anyway, my point is those who came through Ellis Island and t... read more
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