SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Today, Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL – Minneapolis) announced that she will be the chief author of legislation authorizing Driver’s Licenses for All, a proposal to guarantee all Minnesotans have the opportunity to obtain a driver’s license regardless of their immigration status.
“Every resident of Minnesota deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of immigration status,” said Senator Mohamed. “Our economy depends on the labor of immigrants, yet our government prohibits them from driving. Restoring immigrants’ right to obtain a driver’s license isn’t just the right thing to do – it will also benefit our economy, make our roads safer, and make life easier for our undocumented neighbors and their families. This legislation is long past due, and I look forward to working cooperatively with my colleagues in both the House and Senate to ensure that this proposal becomes a reality.”
Senator Mohamed says that sixteen other states already have a similar policy in place. Minnesota did not require residents to provide proof of legal residence to obtain a driver’s license until 2003, when former Governor Pawlenty ended the practice to make it more restrictive.