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Could Illegal Immigrants Receive Drivers Licenses?

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A new proposed law in Illinois would allow illegal immigrants to have the same driving privileges as you meaning they could now get a drivers license and buy insurance.

The Illinois Senate approved the measure 41 to 14 Tuesday, but it still needs to be approved by the house.

At the DMV not only you will be walking through these doors, but illegal immigrants will be walking through them with you with no fear of deportation if a new law is passed.

"We know they are here it doesn't grant them citizenship, let's stop pretending let's do what makes sense," said Bill Toole.

"This law would not only help illegal immigrants learn the rules of the road, but it would also help U.S. citizens," said Chase Johnston.

"I think its a good idea because if they hit me, I won't be liable for it," said Connie Smith.

These are the opinions of those in favor of giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, but even more vocal are those who are against it, but declined to go on camera.

An estimated 250,000 illegal immigrants in Illinois drive.

Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar says it's time to bring them up to speed on the rules of the road.

"We have a problem today with tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who drive illegally they haven't been tested and they often don't have insurance, we need to change that," said Former Governor Edgar.

The proposed legislation would let illegal immigrants get tested for licenses and buy insurance, without facing deportation.

But the licenses can't be used for other purposes like boarding a plane or voter identification.

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is in support of the proposal and says public safety is at the forefront of the issue.

"It's a very dangerous situation, I look at how it would affect my family how it would affect the families in the state of Illinois. I don't want to get hit by someone who doesn't have insurance, or your families to get hit by someone who doesn't have insurance, someone who has not been tested and doesn't know the rules of the road," said Topinka.

If passed the state could stand to see $3.75 million in new revenue.

Local insurance agents says it's a possibility that the uninsured motorists part of your insurance rate could go down too, as there would be more trained drivers on the road.

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