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Illegal immigrants could get valid Florida driver’s licenses under proposed legislation that would accept foreign passports, international birth certificates and Mexican consular cards as proof of identity. As is the case in most states, current Florida law requires residents to prove U.S. citizenship or provide a resident alien greed card to obtain a driver’s license. Two separate measures—introduced this month in the House and Senate—would let illegal aliens in the Sunshine State get valid cards.
The House bill, co-introduced by an Orlando Democrat who is a senior director at Planned Parenthood, would allow the following documents to obtain a license; a birth certificate issued by a foreign government; a consular identification document issued by the government of Mexico or a document issued by another government which the department determines is substantially similar. In a local news report the state representative, Anna Eskamani, behind the measure said this: “I always ask the question about why not build trust with those who are already marginalized, versus pushing them farther and farther away from us. I think what this bill does is it helps to build that trust. It also helps ensure public safety.”
Senate - Version - Miami - Democrat - Javier
The Senate version was introduced by Miami Democrat Javier Rodriguez, who asserts that “it doesn’t matter your immigration status. If you are on the roads, you should have access to a driver’s test and the ability to get car insurance.” The wording in his measure is identical to the House version accepting foreign passports, birth certificates, consular IDs and similar documents as proof of identity. Neither measure has been heard by legislative committees and the senate version was recently referred...
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