Rep. Williams calls for Gov. Raimondo to use executive order granting driving licenses for undocumented residents
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) is calling on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that would grant driving licenses to undocumented residents before she leaves the state to serve in the incoming Biden administration.
“When Governor Raimondo campaigned for her first term in 2014, she publicly promised and signed a pledge that she would get undocumented residents licenses because it was the right thing to do in the name of public safety, yet six years have passed and this promise remains unfulfilled. Now, with the governor leaving Rhode Island shortly to serve our nation, time is running out and I urge her to use an executive order to make good on her promise to provide driving licenses to our undocumented residents,” said Representative Williams.
“While public safety has always been important over the last six years, it is even more significant now with COVID-19 rampaging through these communities. The governor has been asking everyone, especially those in high-risk areas, to get tested, but our undocumented brothers and sisters have no legal way of getting to these testing sites that are not accessible throughout all of their vicinities without a license. The undocumented community has waited a long six years to see this promise fulfilled and I urge the governor to live up to her words and finally grant these residents the ability to move freely and legally before she leaves our state,” added by Representative Williams.
“Even though Governor Raimondo has been unusually quiet of late, we expect that she takes this matter seriously and provides this Rhode Island community with a response that they deserve before she packs her bags for Washington D.C.,” concluded Representative Williams.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903