skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

America's 'Radical Elders' continue their work for fairness, justice; SCOTUS upholds law disarming domestic abusers; Workplace adoption benefits help families, communities; Report examines barriers to successful post-prison re-entry in NC.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town, prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands and a Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival.

Undocumented Immigrants in MA Allowed License to Drive

play audio
Play

Monday, July 10, 2023   

Undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts are now able to apply for a driver's license regardless of their immigration status.

The Work and Family Mobility Act went into effect July 1, removing the requirement that residents provide proof of lawful presence in the U.S.

Franklin Soults - the senior communications strategist with the 32BJ local of the Service Employees International Union, speaking for the Driving Families Forward coalition - said other states with similar laws have seen reductions in both uninsured drivers and hit-and-run incidents.

"It's common sense that if you allow everybody to take a road test," said Soults, "to learn the rules of the road and to get a drivers license then the roads will be safer."

Nineteen other states have similar laws and are backed by law enforcement agencies, which contend the policies help improve trust between police and immigrant communities.

Soults said it's estimated more than 200,000 undocumented immigrants live in Massachusetts.

The state Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) has been preparing for a massive influx of applications - up to 100,000 over the next six months.

Materials have been translated into fifteen languages and a dedicated hotline provides interpreters in more than one hundred languages.

"This law will benefit them enormously," said Soults, "by allowing them to have the right to mobility which is such a big right that we all take for granted."

Soults called the new law, which has been decades in the making, a victory during what he says has been a "dark time for immigrants' rights."

He said parents will now be able to drive their kids to school or the doctor, or drive to work without fear of deportation.




Disclosure: 32BJ SEIU contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy & Priorities, Hunger/Food/Nutrition, Immigrant Issues, Livable Wages/Working Families. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The 2024 Summer U.S. Conference of Mayors in Kansas City, Mo., will be under the leadership of its president, Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nev., and host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
(SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Some Michigan mayors are out of the office this week - but still working for their cities. They're at the 92nd meeting of the United States …


Social Issues

play sound

Summer is here, but some Wisconsin households juggling higher consumer costs and other basic needs might feel like a vacation is out of reach…

Social Issues

play sound

An interim North Dakota legislative committee this week got an update from state leaders on potential moves to reconnect kids in foster care with thei…


Social Issues

play sound

More employers are offering benefits to adoptive parents, according to a new survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The amount of paid …

About a quarter of Americans hold unfavorable views of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. (Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently dismissed a case brought by Republican Arizona attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh, Republican Cochise …

Social Issues

play sound

North Carolina's business community is alarmed after Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson praised the controversial House Bill 2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," at …

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the group Radical Elders are participating in a Chicago tech conference this weekend to explain the impact of technology on older Americans…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021