The DRIVE Safe Act will allow immigrants in Michigan to get a driver’s license regardless of their status. The Michigan League for Public Policy estimates that more than 55,000 residents will apply if it were to be signed as law.A package of bills that were re-introduced to the legislature of Michigan may change who can legally get a driver’s license regardless of their immigration status. If the DRIVE Safe Act will become a law, the Michigan League for Public Policy estimates that more than 55,000 residents will apply for a license.
According to King, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported that 19 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia allow even undocumented immigrants to get a driver’s license. Nonetheless, residents who would want to apply in Michigan still have to meet requirements such as proof of residency.
Opposition to the DRIVE Safe Act
However, according to Winfrey, State Senator Jim Runestad of Michigan’s 23rd Senate District expressed his concerns about border control if the DRIVE Safe Act were to become a law. This is because Runestad believes that breaking the immigration policies may get felon immigrants an amnesty and make them voters despite fentanyl smuggling.