Sen. Leach proposes immigrants’ access to driver’s licenses
Amid the controversy caused by a federal judge in Texas that has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration, Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach proposed a piece of legislation that would allow the same immigrants to obtain a valid PA state driver’s license.
“I am confident that the courts will allow the President’s executive actions to take effect (eventually). At that time, four million immigrants will finally have the legal assurance they need to come out of the shadows. We need to make sure they have the tools they need to contribute to our society,” Leach said.
The “Welcome to Pennsylvania Immigration Act of 2015” would allow an immigrant covered under the President’s executive order to obtain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, as well as educational opportunities and labor protections.
The senator acknowledged that many of these immigrants are parents of children who are citizens, or were brought to the United States very young.
“We have to confront the fact that our current legal protocol makes it difficult for them to live productive lives, and presents public safety issues that must be addressed immediately,” Leach said.
“If we do not act, these people may have difficulty getting an education and earning an income. They also may decide to drive on Pennsylvania roads without first learning our laws and passing a driving test,” he added.