Immigrants and community leaders protest the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) policies that deny driver's licenses and state ID's to hundreds of thousands of immigrant New Yorkers April 13, 2004 in front of the DMV on 34th Street in New York City. Photo: Getty Images/Stephen Chernin
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 3:18 PM EDT

Undocumented immigrants in Illinois can begin applying for Temporary Visitor Drivers' Licenses on November 12, where an estimated 250,000 immigrants may be eligible. Illinois joins states such as California and Connecticut that have recently approved legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to become licensed drivers. Authorities expect they will begin issuing licenses beginning in December, and the state is now starting to prepare for large influx of applications. State Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-Ill.) told the Chicago Sun-Times that more than 1,000 people showed up at an information seminar she offered, which she anticiated only 100 to 200 people would attend. Driver's licenses have become a key issue among immigration advocacy groups, who argue that law enforcement use routine traffic stops as a way to racially profile immigrants, and as a tactic maintain controversial immigrant detention quotas.