Immigrant Drivers' Privilege Card Signed Into Law

Jun 5, 2013

Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill that will 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 and providing labor on Vermont's dairy farms to get a new type of state driver's license.

The bill's signing comes nearly two years after the Vermont State Police stopped a car with 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. Now he's facing deportation resulting from that stop.