Patch Flash: IL House OKs Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

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The Illinois House voted 65-46 on Tuesday in favor of a bill to give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, after advocates argued that the legislation could make the roads safer and prevent people from driving without insurance.

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#1 Jan 11, 2013
""Most of this is first- or second-generation Mexican males," he said. "Alcoholism runs rampant in the Mexican Latino community."
Higher proportion

No other ethnic or racial group has such a high level of DUI arrests statewide, according to the California Department of Justice. Whites account for about 41 percent of DUI arrests, Blacks make up about 6.5 percent, and the remaining 7.5 percent encompasses all other racial groups combined.

Today's demographics are a marked contrast to 1988, when whites accounted for 55.7 percent of DUI arrests and Latinos 35.3 percent, according to the department. Latinos surpassed whites in the number of DUI arrests in 1992 and have been at the top of the list each year thereafter.

The problem is not specific to Stockton, San Joaquin County or even California.

The DUI arrest rate for Latinos in Raleigh, N.C., is 45 percent, while they account for only 8 percent of the population, said Eric Siervo, a public-policy manager at the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention in Washington.

Latinos account for 43 percent of DUI arrests in Texas but only 32 percent of the population, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety."

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