Immigrants across the country are helping to revitalize declining areas and growing state and local economies, and local officials increasingly recognize the vital roles of these immigrant workers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Some states and cities are creating welcoming initiatives to draw immigrants to and help them integrate into their communities. To facilitate the integration of immigrants, lawmakers in 11 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico approved laws allowing immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses or cards regardless of legal status. Several more states either considered or are considering such measures during the 2014 state legislative sessions. It’s a good policy that allows people to drive legally to the grocery or to pick their children up from school and drives down the cost of insurance for all drivers.
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