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Chafee backs license for illegal immigrants in R.I.

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Governor Lincoln Chafee says that other states have passed legislation allowing immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses regardless of their legal status and that Rhode Island should, too. The Democrat said he backs a bill introduced by state Senator Frank Ciccone that would create a ‘‘driving privilege license’’ for those who otherwise meet normal licensing requirements, but are not in the US legally. The license would look different than a standard license and would not serve as a valid form of ID for federal or state purposes. Chafee said the bill has broad support from the Democratic candidates for governor. He is not seeking reelection.

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