Police Chief rallies for temporary driver’s licenses for immigrants

Tupper: It’s a public safety issue in Marshalltown

February 5, 2014

By STEPHANIE IVANKOVICH - Staff Writer, Times-Republican

 

Local support is growing for an initiative to give temporary driver's licenses to immigrants.

Mike Tupper, Marshalltown Police Department chief and other law enforcement officials, have been talking to state leaders about honoring and supporting such a law.

Tupper said the idea is to give a two-year, temporary driver's licenses to any immigrant who can pass a driving test, get mandatory insurance and be able to prove their identity.

"It's not an immigration issue, it's a public safety issue," Tupper said. "I think that it's good for law enforcement, I think it's good for traffic safety and I think it's good for public safety in general."

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