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


  • Lance J.
    12/15/2019 06:38

    Congratulations on braking another law

  • Dan H.
    06/30/2019 16:11

    Should be arrested for breaking our laws.

  • Bruce F.
    06/30/2019 15:21

    It's amazing how badly they screw up their own countries then sneak over here and demand rights if you want to help these immigrants show them how to fix up their own country they have huge amounts of resources but yet can't figure it out

  • Steve D.
    06/30/2019 11:31

    You should be locked up.

  • Gina P.
    06/30/2019 10:17

    Wow break the law and get rewarded. Oh my God.

  • Gene R.
    06/30/2019 03:48

    Oh my God! This country is in so much trouble.

  • Gene B.
    06/29/2019 23:00

    I agree it requires NO BRAIN to pass such a law!

  • Leon S.
    06/29/2019 17:07

    So SAD

  • Russell B.
    06/29/2019 12:30

    Hes undocumented hes illegal

  • David P.
    06/29/2019 12:11

    man the dan democraps will do any thing for a vote

  • LaNae F.
    06/28/2019 23:27

    How bad

  • Tony L.
    06/28/2019 23:19


  • Parker D.
    06/28/2019 21:35

    They come and the very first thing every one of them do is break the law by crossing illegally into our country.Then the second thing do is try to avoid the border patrol because they know they are breaking the law.They don't pay taxes they lie to the police and this is the good ones.Democrats are selling the American people out to get votes. That's the plane and simple truth. This must stop now are the American people will take back our country the hard way.

  • Andy G.
    06/28/2019 17:24

    One thing is true. It really was a “no brainer”

  • Michael H.
    06/28/2019 16:30

    Hell no! America first! Trump 2020! F--k the democrats!

  • Lawrence M.
    06/28/2019 12:53

    Maybe they should be here legally to obtain rights

  • Bill B.
    06/28/2019 11:52

    How sad New York giving out drivers licenses to illegals that broke the law to get here but the goal is to improve the odds of electing democrats in the next election selling out the American people and the Constitution of our country. I guess where they already passed the law allowing abortion up to and including the time of birth for a new born baby I shouldn’t be surprised. Maybe the next law they pass will be to kill off older people that are retired so they can use the federal funds they are receiving to help the illegals instead.

  • Carol G.
    06/27/2019 22:30

    Come here legally first and get license ..this is wrong....

  • Jon P.
    06/27/2019 16:29


  • Bill Z.
    06/27/2019 15:50

    all done illegally.....NO..idiots

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