State lawmakers recently passed the New York State DREAM Act, a life-changing advancement for immigrant students across the state.
Now they are considering legislation that would address a pressing issue among New York immigrant residents — the need for driver’s licenses.
Under this measure, undocumented New Yorkers would have to go through the same steps for a driver’s license as anyone else in New York State. This includes taking a driver’s education course, passing a driving test, and providing proof of New York State residency.
The effect of this proposal would be immediate and far-reaching. New York State would gain financially, receiving an estimated $57 million in combined annual revenues, and $26 million in one-time revenues. It would also mean greater safety for everyone who uses New York State’s roads, and would free up law enforcement officials to concentrate on real public safety priorities rather than helping the Trump administration separate families on their way to school or the doctor’s office.
Legislation that allows undocumented New Yorkers to apply for a driver’s license is common-sense policy that would make New York State both safer and more prosperous.
Take a moment to thank New York state legislators, and urge them to keep up the momentum.