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US Immigration Law: Should immigrants have driver's licenses?

All across the state of New York, communities are debating whether it is a good idea to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Supporters say that doing so would allow immigrants to legally drive, thereby strengthening their ability to be a part of their community. One city held a recent forum to discuss this potential piece of U.S. immigration law, highlighting how issuing driver's licenses regardless of legal status can benefit everyone.

One young boy spoke about his fear that his parents could get pulled over while driving. The boy's uncle had that exact thing happen to him while driving to work, and now the uncle is in jail. The family does not know when the man will be released, and they are afraid that the same fate could await other family members.

Several local lawmakers attended the forum, including the mayor of the city. He believes that issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants lets them drive legally. He says it is crucial that immigrants be able to get to emergency services, take their children to school and go to other locations that keep them integrated in the community. He also pointed out that if an immigrant was issued a license, it would mean they also have insurance and training on how to drive should they be involved in car accident.

No matter the outcome of these measures, undocumented immigrants have rights in New York of which they may be unaware. U.S. immigration law can be complex and confusing. An attorney can be an invaluable resource to anyone who wishes to remain in this country legally.

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