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D.C. Officials To Propose Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and city leaders are set to introduce a new bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

According to a Facebook message posted by his Office of Neighborhood Engagement, tomorrow Gray will join lawmakers to propose a "trailblazing bill that would allow all eligible District residents the right to obtain a driver's license or D.C. identification card, regardless of citizenship or immigration status."

Mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro confirmed that the bill would be introduced, though he declined to offer more specifics.

Non-citizens and visitors are currently permitted to obtain D.C. driver's licenses, though for limited periods of time and only with proof of legal entry. Currently, Maryland, Illinois, Washington, and New Mexico offer driver's licenses and other forms of identification to residents who are not in the country legally. Oregon's governor is set to a sign a bill that would offer immigrants the same option, and Colorado may move in the same direction soon.

If the bill passes the D.C. Council, it would also have to survive a congressional review period before becoming law.

In 2011 Gray announced that D.C. agencies would limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities while also renewing a longstanding practice of prohibiting police officers from asking about immigration status during routine stops.

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