Gov. Whitmer supports driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants

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Posted at 2:17 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 22:33:56-04

(WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she would support giving undocumented immigrants driver's licenses during an interview with an organization called Movimiento Cosecha.

“We need to ensure that everyone’s got a path to getting a license, so they’ve got identification,” Whitmer said in the video released on Movimiento Cosecha's Facebook page. "That’s something that’s important to me, it’s important to our economy, it’s important to the people of Michigan."

During the interview, Whitmer also appeared to mention that both Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel also supported the idea.

"Fortunately we’ve got a Secretary of State and an Attorney General who also, I know, feel the same way," she added.

We have reached out to Whitmer's office for comment.

In 2008, then Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican, issued an opinion saying that immigrants wouldn't be able to get driver's license, according to the Associated Press.