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Bill to allow undocumented immigrants regular Massachusetts driver’s license relaunched

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BOSTON – With a new legislative session in Massachusetts and a new administration in Washington, the Driving Families Forward Coalition held a press conference today to relaunch publicly the Work & Family Mobility Act, a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a regular Massachusetts driver’s license.

Recently reintroduced in the State House as HD.448 and SD.273, the bill has now been officially renamed “An Act Relative to Work and Family Mobility During and Subsequent to the COVID-19 Emergency.”

The group stated why the name change was made.

“The renaming emphasizes the unique way that the bill strengthens public health, allowing tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents to avoid carpools and public transportation while also improving their access to testing and vaccination, even as more threatening strains of the coronavirus advance across the country.”

The bill would fully comply with the REAL ID requirement. Speakers included the four principal bill sponsors in the House and Senate, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, as well as impacted community members, business leaders, and health and agricultural experts. The event MCs were Driving Families Forward co-chairs Natalicia Tracy, Executive Director of the Brazilian Workers Center, and Dalida Rocha, Massachusetts Political Director at 32BJ SEIU.

According to DFFC, by the latest conservative estimates, about 185,000 undocumented immigrants live in Massachusetts. If the bill were enacted, an estimated 41,000 to 78,000 immigrant drivers would obtain licenses within the first three years of implementation.

The group feels they have the momentum to get the bill passed.

“Momentum is building across the country for the disentanglement of state driving privileges and federal immigration enforcement. Sixteen states as well as Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. now offer undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. As Congressional leaders introduce immigration reform bills and President Biden seeks to undo the damage done by the former administration, speakers at the press conference demonstrated why now is the time for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to join the support for immigrant rights — and advance the health, safety and economic well-being of all state residents — by passing the Work and Family Mobility Act.”

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  1. Joan

    February 25, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    If immigrants are illegal in this state (and any other), they should not be allowed to vote–they do not pay taxes. Do not allow them a driver’s license as then they can commit fraud and vote illegally

  2. Rosco17

    February 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Unfortunately, we currently live in a society where all is permissible and inclusions is the agenda of the far left. The endorsement of legislation to allow illegal immigrants to obtain real ID’s is unconscionable. But not surprising considering the political environment of the country and especially Massachusetts. I’m all for immigration. However, I believe the legal path to citizenship should be the only way in without special dispensation for illegals. I also believe that using terminology as COVID in the bill only exemplifies how the political machine uses the phrase to diminish our freedoms and expand their own agenda. I wish more politicians would stand up for our country. Furthermore, if these people have no qualms about being here illegally, what makes anyone think the documentation to obtain a real ID would be legitimate.

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