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DC mayor wants access to licenses for immigrants

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 10:12am  ET

Mayor's office calls plan 'trailblazing'

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Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray wants people living in the country illegally to be able to get driver's licenses in the nation's capital.

The mayor's office says Gray and other city leaders will introduce a bill on Thursday. It would allow district residents to get a license or a city identification card regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.

As with all legislation in the district, it would only become law after a period of review by Congress.

Four states allow people who don't have legal permission to live in the United States to obtain driver's licenses: Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico and Washington state. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to sign a bill Wednesday that would make his state the fifth. Colorado is also considering it.

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