- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he supports allowing immigrants in the country illegally to obtain Rhode Island driver’s licenses.

WJAR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1KCoYdu) that Elorza sent a letter dated Tuesday to Gov. Gina Raimondo, saying he supports her stand on the issue. Raimondo has said that issuing the licenses would benefit public safety. Elorza said it also would benefit the state economy.

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa has said he also supports the licenses.

The legislature has considered the issue in recent years, but bills to allow the licenses have never been passed. Raimondo has not said if she would exercise an executive order.

House Speaker Nicolas Mattiello says he has an open mind on the subject, but calls it a public policy decision that deserves a full hearing by the legislature and public discussion.

All four officials are Democrats.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, https://www.turnto10.com


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