Immigrant rights group campaigns against licenses for illegals

December 5, 2012 4:01:31 PM PST
An immigrant rights group is urging Governor Pat Quinn to reject a bill that would allow undocumented residents in Illinois to get a driver's license.

Members of the 'Alliance for Immigrant Rights' came to the the Thompson Center Wednesday to deliver a letter to Quinn.

The legislation passed the Illinois Senate and it would allow illegal immigrants to get a license and insurance without facing deportation.

The immigrant rights group is concerned because the new license would have a different appearance from the standard Illinois license.

"It's not an immigration matter, it's a safety matter, it's a driving matter," Guillermo Gomez of the Alliance for Immigrant Rights said. "And I think that what we're trying to do here is sort of make a call to protect all drivers all drivers from any type of racial profiling."

Quinn has said he supports the plan approved by the senate.

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