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45 past the hour now state of Illinois -- expected to become the third state in the country to okay driver's licenses.
For undocumented immigrants the measure quickly moving through -- the Statehouse and despite some serious concerns.
From critics this is likely to become law Steve Brown is in Chicago on this how close is it to happening Steve.
While they Illinois House of Representatives will -- be getting together today at 12 eastern time and it is expected that they will take up this legislation passed through committee yesterday it's already -- -- state senate the legislation which would allow undocumented.
Residents of the state of Illinois to get driver's licenses.
Is expected to pass it does have bipartisan support.
And while the Spanish have been a traditional democratic ally one Democrat who voted against the measure in the state senate.
-- -- Republicans are on board with this legislation because.
They have to -- If they are going to remain relevant that that they need to appeal.
To this growing population so I think that there was no question the fact that that's why some of them have decided to sport this.
There is a broad -- also religious groups that are pushing this including the Roman Catholic diocese of Chicago.
-- there's some irony in this Steve god this would involve undocumented aliens essentially identifying themselves.
They would be coming forward right it would.
It would end it there is some hesitancy or at least there's been some hesitancy suggested.
-- undocumented folks may not want to disclose themselves but a large number of advocates for this bill in the Hispanic community.
Believe it hopes will take advantage of it because it removes that threat.
I'll -- ordinary traffic stop possibly leading to deportation.
I think at the state level it's the biggest thing and now.
-- -- The it's what assures you that when you leave your home in the morning to go to -- you can come home care -- and they -- It could be as many as 250000.
A quarter million drivers who would be eligible for licenses under this program they have to make -- appointments with the DMV to get these licenses and they could be used as a form of identification but it would allow them to drive on the roads legal.
-- Illinois third state we'll watch it thank you Steve Brown is live in downtown Chicago.
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