PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state lawmaker has introduced a new version of legislation that would allow immigrants to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their legal status.
The proposal by Sen. Frank Ciccone would create a "driving privilege license" for those who otherwise meet normal licensing requirements but aren't in the U.S. legally. It would look different than a regular license and wouldn't be a valid form of identification for state or federal purposes, including voting.
Supporters say immigrants in the country illegally already drive and should be subject to the same licensing rules as other drivers. Opponents argue the licenses would reward illegal behavior.
Last year's version of the legislation was opposed by Rhode Island State Police, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and the American Civil Liberties Union.
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