Vermont Senate Advances Immigrant License Bill

Apr 5, 2013

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Senate has advanced legislation aimed at allowing workers on Vermont farms to become legal drivers despite the fact that they may be in the country illegally.

The 27-2 vote giving the measure preliminary approval came after there was broad agreement that the workers — an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 mostly from Mexico and Guatemala — have been advocating for the right to drive for a number of years. They say they are isolated on Vermont's farms and that the ability to drive will help them get access to basic services.

The bill is expected to be up for final Senate action on Tuesday and then go to the House.

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