Rallies held at DMV to protest new policies denying immigrant licenses

According to the New York Immigration Coalition, hundreds of immigrants in the Bronx could lose their driver's licenses because of a new Department of Motor Vehicle program.

Officials say that after 1995 the DMV started requiring social security number identification. Prior to 1995, anyone could get a license without a social security number. According to the Coalition, starting in January the DMV has been sending letters to residents whose records are missing social security numbers or those whose social security numbers do not match their names.

State Assemblyman Peter Rivera (D-Bronx) feels that taking away immigrants driver's licenses will have a negative impact on a lot of the Hispanics. Immigration advocates say that Bronx residents who drive to work could lose their jobs and their ability to support their families. The Coalition says that the roads and highways will become unsafe because immigrants will be forced to drive without a license, registration and insurance.

Officials say that following September 11, the New York State DMV has worked to ensure that New York has the most secure licensing procedures in the nation.

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