Immigrants living illegally in Colorado will be able to get driver’s licenses under a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Colorado lawmakers concluded a historic session Wednesday that saw ruling Democrats exert their power to pass sweeping gun laws, same-sex civil unions, and in-state tuition for immigrants in the country illegally.
Driver’s licenses for immigrants living in Colorado illegally advanced in a state House committee as the idea gains traction around the country.
A requirement that Colorado law enforcement report to federal authorities immigrants suspected of living illegally in the U.S. is coming off the books.
Colorado is a step closer to giving driver’s licenses to immigrants living here illegally. The state Senate gave final approval to the idea on a party-line vote Thursday.
A bill being debated at the state Capitol would give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses.
The Colorado Legislature has agreed to repeal a requirement that local law enforcement report people suspected of violating immigration law to federal authorities.
The sponsor of a bill allowing illegal immigrants to get Colorado driver’s licenses says he has the support of the state’s sheriffs.
Illegal immigrants would be eligible to get Colorado driver’s licenses under a bill Democrats plan to introduce Monday, the third substantial piece of immigration legislation this year for a party that a few years ago joined Republicans in passing strict enforcement laws.
A Colorado requirement that local law enforcement report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities moved closer Friday to coming off the books. The Democratic House gave preliminary approval to repealing the 2006 law.