DENVER (CBS4)– Organizers behind a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants obtain driver’s licenses in Colorado admit there is a lot of work to do before the plan could make the ballot.
Proof of citizenship prohibits undocumented immigrants from getting their driver’s license.
Critics worry that giving a legal document to an illegal immigrant could encourage more undocumented people to head to Colorado.
Proponents of Initiative 52 believe granting everyone a driver’s license works to make Colorado streets safer for all drivers and that it wouldn’t grant anyone citizenship.
“Since they’re living here and contributing I think that we should allow them the opportunity to share in the privilege and responsibility of a driver’s license,” said advocate for Initiative 52 Jennifer Piper.
Piper also points out the economic benefits Colorado stands to gain from the change. There would be money coming in from car purchases, insurance and registration. All that would go to the Colorado tax coffers.
Despite growing support the campaign needs an additional 80,000 signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.