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D.C. Mayor Gray Proposes Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's new proposal would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's new proposal would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

Undocumented immigrants living in the District would be allowed to obtain driver's licenses, under a proposal from Mayor Vincent Gray.

In a briefing room packed with dozens of immigrant advocacy groups, the mayor said the licenses are about public safety.

"We got people, some of whom probably are having to drive and doing it without the proper authorization," says Gray. "Or people who are without a driver's license, they don't have insurance."

An applicant would have to show proof of residency in D.C. of at least six months. Gray's proposal would create a special class of licenses that could not be used for federal purposes. Federal ID purposes in this case would mean going into a federal building like the Reagan Building, which is right across the way, or getting on an airplane.

Supporters say government IDs would help the District's approximately 25,000 undocumented residents become part of the community. Gray says he hopes the D.C. Council will approve his plan by this summer.

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