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State to offer licenses to undocumented immigrants

SPRINGFIELD -- Illegal immigrants in Illinois will soon be given the same driving privileges as the rest of us.
SPRINGFIELD -- Illegal immigrants in Illinois will soon be given the same driving privileges as the rest of us. Starting next month, undocumented immigrants can start scheduling appointments at one of 25 Secretary of State facilities which will administer the new program. Champaign and Springfield are on the list. WCIA-3's Alex Davis keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

The cards will not be ID's, but will only be used for driving. 250,000+ illegal immigrants will soon be able to apply for temporary visitor drivers' licenses here in Illinois.

"Any individual who's a no-visa status immigrant, they aren't able to obtain a social security card or something of that nature would have the opportunity through this new TVDL law."

The temporary license will be good for three years, then they would need to reapply.

"You know, license integrity is very important to this office, as is traffic safety."

The Secretary of State's Office says it's a public safety issue. Illegals might already be driving without licenses.

"It will allow those individuals who may be on our roads today to come in to take all the necessary driving tests, the written exam, the road exam, to pass all of those tests and, on top of them, it requires them to obtain automobile insurance."

But, 20-year old Joey Whitnall, who doesn't have a license, says the law is not fair.

"If you're going to be here legally, why would they get the same opportunities?"

Whitnall and others opposed to the law say the license would cut back on deportations since it won't "flag" an individual as being undocumented if stopped by police for a traffic violation.

"If they don't have their paperwork, or whatever, if they're here when they shouldn't be, then, by all means, go home."

There are 25 designated locations around the state to make the application appointments.

For more information, click here or call: (855) 236 - 1155.
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