POUGHKEEPSIE – Proposed state legislation that would make driver licenses available to undocumented immigrants has the unanimous support of the Poughkeepsie Common Council.
The measure was first proposed by Second Ward Councilwoman Sarah Salem, who said currently, many of these residents are unable to purchase, register or insure their own vehicles.
“And so, they face major barriers of access to meeting the most basic needs of day-to-day life. For instance, traveling to work, school, grocery shopping, medical appointments and even getting to church.”
Salem said there is a safety benefit for the public in reducing the number of uninsured motorists on the road.
The memorializing resolution carries no legal weight but voices the council’s support for what’s called “Green Light” legislation.