- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - State Treasurer Steve Grossman is faulting Attorney General Martha Coakley for not supporting efforts to allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain drivers licenses.

Grossman is challenging Coakley for the Democratic nomination for governor. He said Tuesday that he was disappointed to learn of Coakley’s “long-standing opposition to issuing licenses to certain drivers because of their immigration status.”

Grossman says he supports a bill that would grant the licenses.

A spokesman for Coakley’s campaign said she has long opposed efforts to allow the licenses because she hoped the federal government would approve “comprehensive immigration reform to address many of these underlying issues.”

The aide said that since the government has failed to act, Coakley is now open to working with law enforcement, lawmakers and the immigrant communities to take steps toward allowing the licenses.

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