Puerto Rico approves driver’s licenses for undocumented Dominicans
San Juan.– The Puerto Rico House of Representatives has approved granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a measure that will benefit at least 10,000 Dominicans.
According to the president of the Integracion Dominicana organization, Rolando Acosta, it is a historic event. Calculations are that the Dominican community in Puerto Rico is much larger than the official figures reflect and could number as many as 200,000.
“The new regulation will allow many thousands of Dominicans to come out of the shadows and not be subject to abuses,” said Acosta after thanking Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who had pushed for the measure that he had characterized as “social justice.”
Acosta emphasized that many undocumented Dominicans to date have seen themselves forced to keep their savings at their homes because they have been denied any kind of local legal identification, a situation that prevented them from opening bank accounts.
The licenses to which immigrants will now have access will be available to people who have lived in Puerto Rico for at least a year.
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