The D.C. Council voted Wednesday in favor of providing driver’s licenses and formal identification to undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post reports.
Council Member Mary M. Cheh was one of the supporters of the bill, saying it will make life much easier for the thousands of District residents who are not in the country legally.
“The importance of this bill to undocumented residents cannot be overstated," Cheh said to the Post. “Without being able to get driver’s licenses, they may not be able to get to work. They may not be able to take their children to school or go to the doctor.”
Before the bill becomes law, the council must vote on it a second time after returning from their two-month recess in September. Several other council members, however, have their concerns.
For instance, Jim Graham said that "separate forms of identification for undocumented immigrants would unfairly stigmatize them and leave them vulnerable to deportation."