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Struggle For Drivers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
From El Diario
12 May, 2003

By Gloria Medina

Several political leaders met on May 11 in Queens to report on a bill presented to Congress that would permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. This goal has become a step in completing the American Dream.

Assembly member Felix W. Ortiz called for the community and other leaders to support A5690 and A5691, which would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

“Under the current law, many deserving immigrant workers are denied the opportunity to drive legally in New York, only because they do not have a social security number. This is an unjust and discriminatory practice, which, in my opinion, is unacceptable,” said Ortiz.

According to Ortiz, there are 600,000 undocumented immigrants in the state of New York, 400,000 of whom are over 16 years of age. This population could contribute positively to the country’s economy.

Two forms of identification to verify identity and birth date are needed to apply for a driver’s license. These can be a copy of a passport or document proving citizenship of one’s country of origin, a birth certificate, or a consular card, among others. Those wishing to obtain a printable version of the W-7 form can go to www.formassistant.com/w7/shtml.

Translated from Spanish By Joshua Brustein

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