How Driver’s Licenses Can Help Undocumented Immigrants

Should an undocumented immigrant be able to obtain a driver's license? One state just passed legislation that gives them that right. Brut spoke to the bill's sponsor about how this move will help families. 🚗

Solutions through identification

Undocumented immigrants can now obtain a driver’s licenses in New York state. The bill’s sponsor says the legislation was a no brainer. Undocumented immigrants were previously allowed to obtain licenses before an early 2000s regulatory change revoked that privilege. For Crespo, providing so many with this opportunity to live outside of the shadows is personal. Leading the fight for your rights is Democratic member of the New York State Assembly Marcos Crespo representing the 85th Assembly District, which includes the Soundview, Clason Point, Longwood, and Hunts Point sections of the South Bronx. Born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Marco Crespo and his family moved to New York City when he was a young child.

“I was born in Puerto Rico, makes me a citizen by birth, but my father was an undocumented immigrant from Peru. He always had a driver's license and my father contributed economically as a small independent contractor. I realized that I was privileged, and I never had to fear as this generation's immigrant families do that my father could be pulled over for a traffic infraction and deported separated from his family. We've seen countless examples of that taking place across the country especially in this political climate. And we wanted to make sure that immigrants in the state of New York know that we stand by them. I believe that this sends a national message that we need to do more to respond to this anti immigrants furor coming from Washington D.C.”

Crespo was first elected to the State Assembly in a June 2009 special election to replace Rubén Díaz Jr., who became Bronx Borough President in 2009. Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants live in New York state according to the Migration Policy. Crespo hopes the passage of the bill sends a message on how to lead on immigration reform.


06/21/2019 12:00 PMupdated: 06/21/2019 3:35 PM
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  • Brut
    06/21/2019 15:03

    Special thanks to New York State Assemblyman .

  • Eugene M.
    06/21/2019 16:15


  • Claudia T.
    06/21/2019 18:17

    Only if they get insurance also.

  • Marisol S.
    06/21/2019 19:02

    Yes please we all need it.

  • Tommy R.
    06/21/2019 20:54

    What part of illegal don’t you understand

  • Gérson N.
    06/21/2019 22:30

    👆 👍😄

  • Nicholas G.
    06/21/2019 23:03

    How? Don't you need documentation to get a license?

  • David F.
    06/22/2019 03:34

    Don’t you need documents to get a license? Or do they get them easier than citizens now

  • Core B.
    06/22/2019 04:03

    .....illegal immigrants getting crumbs from White Supremacist.....meanwhile Black Folks, catch hell trying to live, work and not get murdered for just being black,)........BS, you don't see the Race Soldiers, murdering unarmed illegals, like dogs in the street, (they have more weapons, more drugs, more violence....facts) do you think if El Choppo was Black he would be alive once the Race Soldiers caught him? You do the math) but immigrants buy into that WS mindset.....and we built this country, from the ground up, they come here, purely on the backs of ADOS to displace us and get unearned benefits ......wake the hell up Black People

  • Dudz C.
    06/22/2019 05:25

    For ID it will be useful

  • Debra C.
    06/22/2019 06:27

    If they are here they should drive legally

  • منٰی ا.
    06/22/2019 07:56


  • TR K.
    06/23/2019 04:30

    So can I fish for free? The Ranger not gonna ask for my ID and fishing license? Thing is: be free,live free but it costs money so work not for free,dont pollute,dont take a life thats not yours, make a life that is yours, and uphold the rights of family.

  • Kenny V.
    06/23/2019 17:19

    Licence to vote...simple as that !

  • Jimmy H.
    06/23/2019 17:33

    Sorry. That not going to help this country it make worth. need be legally to get a license

  • SamiJo M.
    06/23/2019 18:27

    Nope. JMO.

  • Larry H.
    06/23/2019 22:40

    WTF dumbasses then need to be legal first not last if ever

  • Edda J.
    06/23/2019 22:44

    Wonderful Idea love it !!

  • Crissy B.
    06/24/2019 04:44

    what documentation do they need to show to get a license? I know I need to show a lot of information.

  • Joshua d.
    06/24/2019 11:23

    Lmfao undocumented immigrants, horrible, you mean criminals who are here illegally