CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Colorado recently became one of eight states to issue driver’s licenses and identification cards to undocumented immigrants, a measure Massachusetts chose not to support.
A similar bill failed in Massachusetts, and some feel that the state missed out on an opportunity. It would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license and get insured, regardless of their legal status.
More than nine thousand immigrants have already made their appointments in Colorado.
Opponents argue the law encourages illegal immigrants to come to the country. Supporters said it would have helped make the roads safer, and easier for police to identify drivers.
Melissa White of Springfield told 22News, “I believe that they should have as much rights as anybody else that lives in the United States as far as Massachusetts because it’s only fair.”
In addition to passing the driver’s test, Colorado’s undocumented immigrants must pay fifty dollars, more than double the fee for legal Colorado residents.