House panel OKs legal driving privileges for illegal immigrants in NC

(Raleigh News & Observer) The “Highway Safety/Citizens Protection Act,” sponsored by Rep. Harry Warren, a Republican from Salisbury, made it through an N.C. House judiciary committee on Wednesday, but not without criticism. Proponents say the bill would lead to safer roads and create a more uniform system for acceptable ID cards in immigrant communities. Critics describe the measure as another step toward amnesty that would encourage, not discourage, immigrants here illegally to settle in North Carolina. “This bill, I want to say, has nothing to do with immigration, immigration law or immigration reform,” Warren told an overflow crowd at the meeting. An estimated 325,000 people live in North Carolina illegally, Warren said, and some 90,000 to 110,000 of them are of driving age.

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