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Illinois Senate OKs Illegal Immigrant Driver's License Bill

It's unknown how the bill will fare in the Illinois House.

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that could allow undocumented illegal immigrants to have driver's licenses.

State Senators voter overwhelmingly in favor of Senate Bill 957, which would allow immigrants to receive a temporary visitor driver's license (TVDL) upon successful completion of driver's training. The TVDL would then allow undocumented immigrants to obtain auto insurance, but do not provide a means of lawful identification for any other purpose, according to a statement issued by State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) on Tuesday.

Forty-one Senators voted in favor of the bill, while 14 voted no and one abstained.

“The more tested and insured drivers there are, the safer our roads will be," McGuire said. "While citizenship is a federal matter, ensuring the safety of our roadways is a state matter. There were a number of safeguards built into the bill as a result of bipartisan compromise.”

Voting yes alongside McGuire were Sens. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and Linda Holmes (D-Aurora).

The fate of the bill in Illinois House is still unclear, according to the Chicago Tribune.

What do you think? Should undocumented illegal immigrants be able to legally hold driver's licenses?

Omar Rodriguez December 07, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Negative, I'm an illegal immigrant 18 years of age .. I Can Read the signs and ill translate them to you in Spanish ... Not only that, I don't think its that Hard to know what the speed limit is on every street.. In Spanish MPH stands for ''millas por hora'', we also use the same numbers. . . Yes, the number 3 in Spanish is still 3. Its easy for you to say ,' heeo naaa dont let these filthy, ugly, smelly Mexicans on our streets'', when you dont know half of the things we have to deal with everyday... when im on the street driving illegally , it bothers me know that i can't be driving , but i must because its the only way I can go to school, work, and other places... I just hope this bill works out for the best ... god bless everybody out there thats struggling ... P.s I like your grammar and spelling, How old are you?
Omar Rodriguez December 07, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Nobody said you had to live in Illinois ... Gangs aren't the only ones killing people -_-
Aleyda March 09, 2013 at 04:30 PM
FYI the United States is full of immigrants. Fact is the United States Census Bureau also classifies Hispanic and Latino Americans as a racially diverse ethnicity that composes the largest minority group in the nation..AND WE ARE GROWING!. I am a US citizen who is proud of my illegal parents!! And married to one. And it makes me sick that these "legal citizens" think they are the owners of this country; you are all ignorants. May God touch your hearts and you better hope that your children don't fall in love with an illegal citizen of this great nation.
Rachael B. March 11, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Aleyda, it is unfathomable that you could be proud of your family members who are breaking the law in this great country. Very simply, they are criminals, who should be arrested. Kindly provide their addresses so that the police can stop by and pick them up. You can proud all you want as you wave good-bye to them.
Tina March 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM
I can't take this. Please, people learn the difference between there, their and they're.

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