Migrant workers in Vermont are celebrating a new law that allows them to drive.
Groups held demonstrations outside Department of Motor Vehicle offices in South Burlington and Montpelier Friday, where people in the country illegally can now apply for driver privilege cards. They are a separate form of driver's license, but cannot be used a legal IDs.
"This new driver's privilege card still separates out and maintains sort of us and them system that doesn't serve us, and could in fact create profiling effect for an immigrant who holds one of these new privilege cards," said Rev. Will Burhans of Migrant Justice.
Several advocates who are legal citizens are switching their regular driver's licenses to the driver privilege cards. They say that way police who pull over a driver cannot assume the cardholder is in the country illegally.
The DMV says overall, more than 3,000 people have applied for the driving privilege cards so far. The migrant workers will have to take the written permit test followed a year later by a road test.