Governor Baker refuses to accept a bill that would have allowed undocumented migrants to get driver's licenses


Massachusetts Governor Baker has refused to accept a bill that would have enabled undocumented foreign nationals to get driver's licenses.
Governor Charlie Baker in Southborough, Massachusetts.Nancy Lane /AFP

Governor Charlie Baker has refused to agree on a bill that would have given undocumented migrants in Massachusetts a driver's license, a report from WBUR has shown.

His veto on the bill is overridden by a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate if they decide to do this. However, the bill was initially approved by the state House, 120-36, and by the Senate, 32-8.

In a letter, the Massachusetts Republican Governor wrote:

I cannot sign this legislation because it requires the Registry of Motor Vehicles to issue state credentials to people without the ability to verify their identity. The Registry does not have the expertise or ability to verify the validity of many types of documents from other countries".

People without legal status were reportedly going to gain easy access by providing only two documents that would prove their identities to obtain a driver's license if the bill became law.

These documents are only passports or birth certificates, and around 60,000 people would be eligible for a driver's license.

This is due to the fact that the standardised Massachusetts driver's license framework was no longer going to confirm that a person is who they say they are.

Similar legislations have been passed in sixteen other states across the United States, including the District of Columbia.

An NBC Boston report says supporters believe the bill will make the roads safer by allowing many undocumented immigrants who already live in the state to obtain licenses.

Most people took to social media to acknowledge how pleased they were with the decision that Governor Baker made by vetoing the bill.

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