LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — In his weekly radio address, Mayor Vincent C. Gray spoke about his efforts to allow people living in the U.S. illegally to get driver’s licenses in the nation’s capital.

He introduced a bill on Thursday that would, if passed, allow District residents to obtain a license or a city identification card regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.

RELATED: Gray Introduces Immigrant Driver’s License Bill

“This historic legislation is designed to increase public safety for all who drive, ride, walk or bike in the District of Columbia by ensuring that undocumented residents not only can obtain a driver’s license but they also can insure and register automobiles in the District of Columbia,” he said.

Gray went on to say that, under the law, those who would want to obtain a license would have to submit documentation to prove their residency and take the same exams required of all other District drivers.

RELATED: Maryland Senate Passes Licensing Bill For Immigrants

But the bill is about more than safety.

“Could you imagine being legally prohibited from owning or operating an automobile?” Gray asked. “You couldn’t legally drive to work, or church, or take your kids to school or even drive a loved one to the hospital if they became ill…. I’m proud that the District is one of the first places in the nation to challenge that immoral status quo.”

Listen to Gray’s weekly radio address in its entirety:

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday only on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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