Chicago aldermen urge licenses for immigrants


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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 9:22 am
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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago City Council has passed a resolution urging Illinois' General Assembly to pass legislation requiring immigrant drivers to be trained, tested, licensed and insured.

Alderman Danny Solis says the action shows Chicago supports 'sensible and reasonable legislation' to protect 'Illinois highways and families.'

The resolution was approved Thursday with 28 votes.

A statement from aldermen who backed the resolution says approximately 250,000 immigrant drivers in Illinois currently can't get a driver's licenses. And it notes 42 percent of all fatal car accidents in the state last year involved unlicensed drivers.

New Mexico is among the states already requiring undocumented immigrants to get a license. The aldermen's release says New Mexico has seen its rate of uninsured motorists fall from 33 percent to 9 percent since the change in 2003.














 




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