Shumlin To Sign Immigrant Drivers' Privilege Bill
Gov. Peter Shumlin is set to sign a bill that would allow immigrant farmworkers who are in the country illegally to drive in Vermont, with a new type of driver's privilege card.
The bill is designed to allow workers who are in the country illegally but providing crucial labor on Vermont's dairy farms to get a new type of state driver's license.
The bill's signing into law — scheduled Wednesday — comes nearly two years after Vermont State Police stopped a car containing two passengers who were Mexican immigrant farmworkers in the country illegally and turned them over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
One of the two passengers detained by state police, Danilo Lopez, became a leader in the push for the legislation.