Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Easing the Path for Illegal Immigrants to Get Driver’s Licenses

A Social Security number is required in Pennsylvania to get a driver’s license, preventing some 160,000 illegal immigrants of driving age from getting their driver’s license. Pennsylvania’s General Assembly is considering changing that in a measure under discussion during a Wednesday hearing of the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee. It would allow a Tax Identification Number to be used to obtain a license. “It’s not just about a driver’s license. It’s about recognizing the basic humanity of every person living in Pennsylvania,” testified Desi Burnette, statewide coordinator for the Movement of Immigrant Leaders in Pennsylvania. She said her group prayed and fasted for 40 days in support of the bill. With the legislation, she says families won’t have to fear being torn apart as a result of a routine traffic stop. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation supports licensing illegal immigrants. “We believe this is something that should move forward and we are ready, willing, …

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