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New York Politicians Push For Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  A car drives up a snow covered street on December 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York C
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: A car drives up a snow covered street on December 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As snow is predicted for much of the day in New York City, a winter weather advisory is in effect across the Tri-State area with up to 5 inches possible by evening. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The number of deported immigrants under President Obama is approaching the 2 million mark and immigration reform has become once again no more than a rapidly-fading illusion. Yet, here in New York, some politicians and community leaders are working to alleviate the immigrants’ situation by allowing the undocumented to legally apply for a driver’s license.

“A driver’s license will provide undocumented immigrants much more employment flexibility,” said state Sen. José Peralta who, along with Sen. Adriano Espaillat and with the support of Make the Road New York and other community groups, introduced legislation last October to provide undocumented New Yorkers access to driver’s licenses. Espaillat had introduced a similar bill before that would have granted driving privileges only to DREAMers.

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