Kansas lawmakers push to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- A new bill being introduced to the Kansas Legislature would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license.

Sunflower Community Action held a community meeting Saturday for people to discuss the issue.

Representative Ponka-We Victors introduced House Bill 2003 for safety reasons. She fears undocumented immigrants who don't have a license will drive without insurance.

"It's an issue that not only affects my community but all across Kansas. It's a state issue," Victors said. "And what we really want is our roads to be safe and we want to make sure everybody knows the rules of our roads. And that everybody is insured."

House Bill 2003 would require undocumented immigrants to pass a driving test and a vision test. They would also have to provide proof of insurance and their passport.

The bill says the state can't use this information to deport someone and the DMV cannot release their information without a court order.

Guadelaupe Magdaleno says this is something they have being fighting for.

"Nobody likes to live in fear. Nobody likes to be driving and watching their back, and if you see a police officer behind you to freak out," Magdaleno said.

Victors says she is pushing the bill to get a hearing. Republican Majority Blake Carpenter believes the bill won't pass.