Oregon is poised to become the latest state to permit undocumented immigrants to obtain state-issued drivers licenses.
The Oregon House on Tuesday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would let undocumented Oregon residents apply for special cards. The cards, which would be valid for four years, that would permit them to legally drive in the state. Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign the measure today.
Three other states–Washington, Illinois and New Mexico–permit undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses. Utah issues drivers permits.
Connecticut would join those states if a bill currently pending in the General Assembly is approved. Advocates, including Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, are backing the measure. Earlier this week, the Republican leader in the House, Rep. Larry Cafero, said he is open to the idea, provided there are safeguards against abuse.
The top Republican in the Senate, John McKinney, “is still studying the issue,” his spokesman said Tuesday.