State Rep. Dave Robertson Votes Against Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

Below is a press release from State Representative David Robertson’s office:

BOSTON, MA — Joined by 35 other Representatives, Representative David Robertson (D-Wilmington) voted against H4416, legislation that develops a pathway for those in Massachusetts without legal immigration status to obtain a drivers license. The legislation, if passed, would allow individuals to apply for a drivers license provided they show two documents proving their identity, birthdate and Massachusetts residency.

“Like the Governor and a number of my colleagues have stated, aside from even the moral arguments, I have concerns about the Registry clerks being able to identify and confirm valid documents from 190 different countries, in numerous languages, and going back years,” said Representative Robertson. “To ask the RMV, which has had some recent issues with testing and license revocation issues, to take on this burden of verifying with foreign nations the identity of people is not a wise move in my mind.”

The RMV recently announced that over 2,000 licenses were called into question following the discovery that two road test administrators falsified test results, granting licenses to untested individuals.

In addition to questions on verification, Robertson also raised questions on insurance and accident policies.

“While I don’t disagree that some individuals would come forward to get their license under this scheme, I cannot believe that everyone will – either because they fear registering with the government, are trying to ‘fly under the radar,’ or simply don’t want to pay for insurance. Without increasing the penalties for driving without a license or insurance we have a scheme where we are left with a similar issue as before and a pandora’s box sprung on the RMV,” said Robertson. “We all spend enough time dodging uninsured New Hampshire drivers, we don’t need to encourage it here.”

Robertson registered votes in support of amendments that would have increased penalties for uninsured and unlicensed motorists, as well as an amendment that would require the RMV to release information to state or municipal law enforcement if requested in regards to an investigation. Both amendments were defeated.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate, and if passed is sent to the Governor.

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