HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- A big push is underway at the State Capitol to pass a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to get a Connecticut driver's license.
The advocates say it would make the roads safer because those here illegally would be able to go to driving school and buy auto insurance.
By one estimate; there may be more than 50,000 illegal immigrants behind the wheel in Connecticut driving with no license, no training, and no insurance.
Armando Morales, of East Haven, found out the hard way when his car, loaded with his wife and children, was in a crash with another car.
"When we received the police report, we found out that the guy left the scene," said Morales. When asked if the other driver had no insurance or driver's license, Morales said,"I'm assuming that because the car wasn't registered or insured."
"These are folks who are looking to do the right thing," said Rev. James Manship, St. Rose of Lima Church, New Haven.
Clergy and the mayors of eight of the state's largest cities are calling on state lawmakers to change that and Monday they got the assurance of the state's top lawmakers that it will happen.
"When this bill passes we will have more trained drivers, we will have more insured drivers, we will have more registered vehicles," said Sen. Martin Looney, (D) Majority Leader.
Many who would be affected by such a law were also there Monday.
Like Gilberto Palma who lives in West Haven. He was brought to this country from Mexico by his parents when he was much younger.
"I'd be happy to pay for insurance, I'd be happy to get my license. I'd be happy to help myself and Connecticut," said Palma.
The DMV says they can do this, but it would require more than just two forms of residency like an electric bill.
"We would, of course, insist upon the fact that they prove who they are, they would have to have a passport, a birth certificate from their home country," said Cmsr. Melody Currey, CT DMV.
The Governor said Monday that he also endorses the concept as a way to help make roads and highways safer.
"Status and safety are two separate issues. I want safe highways," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. When asked if he would sign it, Malloy said "absolutely."
The House chairman of the Transportation Committee; Tony Guerra of Rocky Hill, a Democrat; tells News 8 the committee didn't bring this bill up for a vote in committee because he, and the ranking Republican committee members, wanted to study the issue before rushing into it.
But, the Democratic leadership apparently believes it can be done within the next five weeks.
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TONY_BRAZIL | May 30 2013 8:13pm
To Mr. hacksaw007 ...Sorry man, but I don't get it...!
In your view ...What any privileges illegal immigrants has in this country ?
Wake up in morning and go to work to make your country grow ?
I bet ya you do that too and like me and everyone else in this country.
we don't need to be a illegals immigrant to do that !
But...AGAIN people getting smart thinking this way giving to them a ID that's only reason the police can track those bad C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L-S ok ??
And then everything against that come from REPUBLICANS .
Do you know what they do that?
Because REPUBLICANS doesn't know how to work together or HELP the country get something done and RIGHT !
And That's my point: REPUBLICANS they are like a diapers, we got to change them for the reason...lol.
Again, thanks for your comment and please think it over about illegals in this country becuase they just want go to work and come back home.
Again...I'am talking about the GOOD ONES..Thanks again TONY_BRAZIL !
hacksaw007 | May 28 2013 7:27pm
To Tony brazil. Obvious to me you are here LEGALLY! I applaud you. My Comment hinged on those here ILLEGALLY, are to be given some of the privleges given to WE THE LEGAL CITIZENS, AND THIS IS WRONG! THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT.
TONY_BRAZIL | May 27 2013 2:22pm
Mr hacksaw 007 I read your comment on top and I saw how stupid you are,my point :I'am immigrant too and I pay taxes in your country like everyone else here,but you was so stupid when you said that...: Next They propose a bill to give ALIENS WHO ARE ILLEGALLY IN OUR STATE----LEGAL DRIVERS LICENSES, THINKING THIS WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL DRIVING! WHAT MAKES THESE FOOLS WHO PROPOSE SUCH RIDICULOUS LAWS BELIEVE THESE CRIMINALS WILL APPLY FOR, LEARN ENGLISH, PASS TESTS AND INSURE AND REGISTER THEIR VEHICLES JUST BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW LAW ON THE BOOKS! THESE ARE THE SAME FOOLS THAT BELIEVE THE FELONS AND CRIMINBALS IN OUR SOCIETY.
Now I did learn your language and That's how smart people think ,now giving this Criminals in your stupid view make the government has a control where those really bad guys are and put these bad guys in jail.
Please don't take my comment as a offense and please review your comment...Thanks TONY_BRAZIL !
hacksaw007 | May 6 2013 7:20pm
I cannot understand the stupidity of the Liberal Lawmakers in Hartford.
First they push a questionable anti-gun bill under emergency certification in the name of: Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety, which attacks the rights of the Law Abiding Citizens of Our State, without addressing ANY of the REAL PROBLEMS IN OUR SOCIETY THAT CAUSE THIS VIOLENCE! Next They propose a bill to give ALIENS WHO ARE ILLEGALLY IN OUR STATE----LEGAL DRIVERS LICENSES, THINKING THIS WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL DRIVING! WHAT MAKES THESE FOOLS WHO PROPOSE SUCH RIDICULOUS LAWS BELIEVE THESE CRIMINALS WILL APPLY FOR, LEARN ENGLISH, PASS TESTS AND INSURE AND REGISTER THEIR VEHICLES JUST BECAUSE THERE IS A NEW LAW ON THE BOOKS! THESE ARE THE SAME FOOLS THAT BELIEVE THE FELONS AND CRIMINBALS IN OUR SOCIETY WILL ABIDE BY ANY NEW LAWS CONCERNING FIREARMS! I THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO MY COMMENT.
jprog7 | May 1 2013 12:46pm
This legislation operates on some sort of utopian idea that people from a third world country are willing to operate under the rule of law. Newsflash WTNH and Legislators: they broke laws entering our country, what makes you think they will become law abiding after they obtain licenses.
Does anyone think they will be more likely to comply with motor vehicle laws like getting vehicles registered and having insurance? Does the DMV really believe they will furnish passports?
This is a joke, and anyone telling you that it's going to enhance the safety of our highways needs to be recalled. Nothing like partially legitimizing breaking the law, apparently that works well for politicians and illegal immigrants. Could the real agenda be additional votes?
Hosed-by-the-system | April 30 2013 10:09am
''''By one estimate; there may be more than 50,000 illegal immigrants behind the wheel in Connecticut driving with no license, no training, and no insurance....'''' if you think for one moment that this will make people who are driving WITHOUT properly regestered or insured cars to do so....you are more stupid than we think you already are......
Hosed-by-the-system | April 30 2013 10:06am
I have worked in various countries in my life and not ONE gives a drivers license just because you want one..............NOT ONE.........look at the world we live in........look what happened in BOSTON..........lets make it easy for someone to move around in this damn state JUST because they can come up with $66.00 and can pass a test.........without anything else........this is plain crazy..........all you law makers up in HARTFORD are a disgrace if this garbage passes...........
ColleenSullivan | April 29 2013 11:23pm
What part of illegal doesnt Danel understand. He is too interested in trying to make a buck. I hate this state.
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