DC City Council Committee Okays One License for All

Monday, July 8, 2013

(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)The DC City Council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment voted unanimously on Tuesday, July 2, to amend legislation introduced by Mayor Gray to allow undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses. The amendment removed the provision that driver’s licenses would be issued based on a two-tiered system.  “Marked licenses could be used to single out undocumented immigrants and open the doors for discrimination,” said Metro Washington Council President Jos Williams.  “We applaud the Committee for not creating a sub-class of DC residents.”  “The Committee’s vote to defend equal licenses for all ensures that our city will remain in the forefront when it comes to supporting immigrant communities,” said Prerna Lal, a member of Dream Activist DC. The bill is expected to come before the entire DC City Council for a vote next week. - Alya Solomon


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