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Ill. House approves driver's licenses for immigrants in U.S. illegally

The issue that tripped up presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a 2007 debate is gaining traction.

NBC Chicago's Ward Room blog:

"The Illinois House on Tuesday approved legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain temporary driver's licenses.

"Under the plan, drivers would get three-year licenses, called Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses, but would be required to take a driver's education class and carry car insurance. Lawmakers believe there are as many as 250,000 undocumented immigrants on Illinois roads and that more than 40 percent of deadly Illinois crashes involve drivers who don't have a license. ...

"New Mexico and Washington passed similar laws that White and Grau said have seen traffic accidents involving uninsured drivers plummet. Gov. Pat Quinn applauded the House on the move, saying the bill will save lives, 'help ensure every Illinois motorist is properly licensed and empower more immigrants to become stronger contributors to our economy.'"