Here’s yet another reminder that no matter what Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions try to tell you, pro-immigrant policies make communities—and roads—safer for all. According to a new study conducted by Stanford researchers, a 2015 state law allowing California’s undocumented immigrant residents to apply for driver’s licenses so they can drive legally has had a significant impact in reducing hit-and-runs:
In California, the licenses are available to immigrants who cannot prove they are legal residents of the U.S. Though markings on the ID card indicate to police that it is one of these special licenses, the 2013 law that approved them also prohibits police from reporting license holders to immigration agents.
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The researchers suggest that, “consequently, unauthorized immigrants with a valid form of in-state driving authorization have weaker incentives to flee the scene after an accident, because they are less likely to fear deportation.” Their study also found
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