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Pandemic Renews Debate Over Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Workers

Added 11-27-20 03:07:01pm EST - “Undocumented workers in some states must choose between driving illegally and risking exposure to the virus by sharing rides.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Pandemic Renews Debate Over Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Workers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Immigrant rights activists rally for drivers licenses in Boston. Chris Burrell/GBH hide caption

Hailed as heroes during the pandemic, essential workers have cared for the elderly in nursing homes and kept food supplies moving from farms to supermarkets. But thousands of these workers are also undocumented immigrants facing this choice to keep their jobs: ride a crowded bus or drive without license.

As COVID-19 cases surge and immigrant communities experience disproportionately higher rates of deaths and jobs losses, the debate about whether to allow undocumented immigrants in the state to get driver's licenses is heating up in Massachusetts and in states across the South and Midwest.

Fifteen other states and D.C. have already changed their laws to allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally.

Massachusetts is home to an estimated 185,000 undocumented immigrants, 70,000 of whom are expected to apply for a driver's license if the bill passes.

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