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Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Backed

A state official urged lawmakers Wednesday to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, attempting to revive a long-running debate on an issue that has gained traction in other states, but not in Massachusetts.

Celia J. Blue, head of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, said the legislation would generate nearly $15 million in state revenue through license fees and other charges, plus $7.5 million in renewal fees every five years.

“This legislation is about public safety, and ensuring that the drivers on our roads have passed the tests and have the qualifications to be safe drivers,” Blue told a legislative committee. She predicted that the bills, filed in the House and the Senate, would lead to fewer car accidents and more drivers with insurance.

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