Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law today that grants hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants the right to drive. The new law makes Illinois the fourth state to allow driver’s licenses or permits for undocumented immigrants and comes ahead of President Obama’s expected announcement on a plan for comprehensive immigration reform expected on Tuesday.
Quinn and the bipartisan supporters of the legislation say the measure will improve traffic safety in the state. “This common sense law will help everybody, regardless of their background, learn the rules of the road, pass a driving test and get insurance,” Governor Quinn said. Despite the stalemate on immigration reform in Washington D.C., Illinois is moving forward. As a result, our roads will be safer, we will create more access to job opportunities and our economic growth will be strengthened.”
For Illinois residents such as Eugenia Flores, a 41-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico, the new law…
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