Should illegal immigrants living in Massachusetts residents be prohibited from registering a car?
A new state law intended to prevent illegal immigrants from registering or operating a car requires anybody registering a vehicle provide proof of legal residence, a Social Security number or a license, our partners at Sharon Patch recently reported.
Previously, motorists were only required to show proof of insurance and their date of birth.
The law would have prevented Blanca Contreras, a Waltham illegal immigrant accused of motor vehicle homicide of a Waltham man, from registering a car. However, the car she was allegedly driving during the incident was not registered to her.
Gov. Deval Patrick, who vetoed the law prior to lawmakers overriding that veto, said it would have forced the Registry of Motor Vehicles to "identify and police undocumented people." State Sen. Robert Hedlund said the law would make the roads safe.
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