Driver's Licences in Maryland
If you read the last Policy Clearinghouse Update newsletter then you probably recall uproar caused by Governor Elliot Spitzer's plan to offer a driver's license to New York's undocumented immigrants. While that effort failed to gain traction, Governor Martin O'Malley is drafting a similar proposal for Maryland.
According to a Washington Post article on Sunday, January 13, Maryland is currently one of eight states that allow state residents to get a license without proof of legal citizenship. Governor O'Malley's proposal would institute a two-tier license system to comply with the federal government's Real ID program and still offer illegal immigrants documented driving credentials.
Opposition to the proposal comes from both sides. Immigrant advocates fear that a different license would be like a scarlet letter, while others oppose paying to implement a program that benefits illegal immigrants.
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