POSTED: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 12:44pm
EL PASO – Texas is – once again, at the forefront of the immigration debate. The State Senate has passed a bill that would make it illegal for undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. The measure is part of a larger border security bill, and has not been signed into law, yet. But, it's already causing a stir in the Borderland.
As a matter of policy, Texas denies driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. But, the State Senate took the first step of turning policy into law. El Paso Senator Jose Rodriguez (D) was one of the five who voted against it.
“[It] will likely result in roadblocks for legal immigrants trying to obtain driver's licenses or identification cards,” said State Senator Rodriguez.
Many locals are in-step with the lawmaker.
“Anyone should get a license. This is a free country. I think we all deserve our license and our rights,” said Vanessa Reyes.
Others pointed out that even if you're against giving illegals licenses, it would be a good way to track down crime suspects.
“I think they should have a license with some restrictions, so that police know who they are, and where they're going,” said Eduardo Garcia.
However, one woman said she supports the law, for a personal reason.
“I...lost my passport, so I have a hard time crossing, and I use my Texas ID...and my birth certificate...why would they get to have one, if I'm struggling, and they don't even have documents to be legally in the United States?” said Emperatris Cabrera.
The bill now goes to the State House.
Only three states in the U.S. allow illegal immigrants to obtain a state driver's license. New Mexico is one of them.