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Vt. Senate passes immigrant drivers bill

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - It's on to the Vermont House for legislation that would allow farmworkers in the country illegally to become drivers.

The Senate on Tuesday gave final approval - on a nearly unanimous voice vote - for a bill to create driver privilege cards for people not eligible to get an enhanced driver's license under the federal REAL ID law.

The measure is expected to extend driving privileges to 1,200 to 1,500 immigrants, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala and mostly working on Vermont dairy farms, who are in the United States without the legally required immigration papers.

Advocates for the measure say the workers provide crucial labor, but that they are often isolated on Vermont's rural farmsteads due to what up to now has been an inability to drive.

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