In anticipation of a key vote in the Illinois state legislature this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is voicing his support for driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in the state.
The legislation has already passed the state Senate and faces a committee vote in the House. Emanuel wants to make sure it is passed so that immigrants can obtain driver’s education, licenses and obtain insurance.
The Chicago Sun-Times estimates that close to 250,000 undocumented immigrants would benefit from the law passing. The proposed legislation would extend the state’s Temporary Visitor Driver’s License program but these licenses could not be used for legal identification.
The Mayor spoke to Latino leaders and immigrant advocates over the weekend and voiced his support for the measure.
According to information released by the Highway Safety Coalition, undocumented immigrants who drive without a license and insurance in Illinois are involved in about 80,000 accidents a year at a cost of $660 million.