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The American Prospect
March 19, 2019

Will Immigrants Find Themselves in the Driver’s Seat?
By Manuel Madrid

Lawmakers and advocates believe expanding access to licenses will benefit local economies, make roads safer, and, critically, put an additional barrier between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and immigrants guilty of little more than a traffic violation. An analysis of the 44,000-some immigrants in ICE custody last summer found that a full 80 percent of detainees had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation or had no prior convictions at all, according to a report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. According to the agency’s own numbers for the last fiscal year, ICE charged or convicted roughly 75,000 immigrants for simple traffic violations (DUIs were not included).

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