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House passes immigrant licensing bill

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure that would allow immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to continue to obtain Maryland driver’s licenses.

The measure, already approved by the Senate, passed in an 83-54 vote on Friday.

The legislation would expand an existing licensing system that allows some applicants to obtain a license without proof of lawful immigration status, and repeals the state’s 2015 deadline for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to get rid of their Maryland driver’s licenses.

Supporters of the measure say that when people living in the U.S. illegally have access to driver’s licenses, it enables them to purchase car insurance and makes the state’s highways safer.

Opponents argued that the licenses could draw more people living in the country illegally to Maryland.


  1. Doesn’t the word “Illegal” give you a clue? now with Maryland giving them a license to drive they can also apply for unemployment, welfare, medical benefits, unemployment pay, social security benefits (that they have put 0$ into).

    Eventually all the hard working Marylanders will be moving to another state and then you will have No Working Marylanders to pay for the Illegals.

    I’m fortunate I live within 30 min of Delaware and I buy everything there, groceries, gas, clothes, Computors and big items.

  2. What makes anyone think if they came here illegaly that they will get insurance. why would they spend money on that? if they get into an accident they could careless.these politicians are either stupid or doing this for another reason, like votes

  3. They should 100% be fingerprinted and subject to much scrunity and get nothing past in-state tuition that the people have already ruined. the Constitution and state one means nothing anymore,

  4. “The number is unprecedented,” Shipley said. “The Maryland State Police has conducted background investigations for firearms at least since the early 1970s. Never in our history have we seen these types of purchase numbers.”

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