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Illinois bishops welcome driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

January 15, 2013

The Catholic Conference of Illinois has welcomed the legislative passage of a measure permitting immigrants who are not present in the United States legally to apply for temporary driver’s licenses.

“This legislation will give our immigrant brothers and sisters the training to safely get to church, work and school,” said Robert Gilligan, the conference’s executive director. “All families are safer when every driver is trained, tested, licensed and insured.”


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  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Jan. 17, 2013 10:19 AM ET USA

    another WRONG message by the Catholic Bishops

  • Posted by: unum - Jan. 16, 2013 9:10 AM ET USA

    And, the moral issue regarding social justice that the bishops intend for the faithful is ...? Also, the moral issue that the bishops intend for the faithful regarding the legitimate role of civil authorities is ...? In any event, the result for the faithful is moral and political confusion.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Jan. 15, 2013 8:12 PM ET USA

    Am I missing something? If they are here illegally, why would we issue them a driver's license to take advantage of work or other items to which thety are not entitled. Didn't Jesus make a point of the importance of obedience? We are expected to obey the laws of our land which are moral - why wouldn't they have to do the same? There are so many immigrants who come here legally. Can someone here explain this position to me?