RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- A bill that would give undocumented immigrants driving privileges in Virginia has died in committee.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Republicans on the state Senate Transportation Committee killed the legislation Wednesday on a party-line vote.
The vote marks the third year in a row that the bill by Democratic Sen. Scott Surovell of Fairfax failed to advance.
Surovell blamed politics. He said the bill is a tough sell for Republicans in the era of President Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric.
But Republican Sen. Amanda Chase of Chesterfield said many people in her district are concerned about illegal immigration. She said many would say: ‘If you get a Virginia driver’s license, you need to be here legally.’