Chamber

(Willmar MN-) The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is in favor of a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a Minnesota driver's license. House File 1500, authored by House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley, would create a “noncompliant license” that could be obtained by providing any of a number of documents that range from an application for asylum to a recent “home utility services hook-up work order.” Willmar Chamber President Ken Warner says the bill is supported by the state chamber, and the state group asked individual chambers with high immigrant populations to express their support, and Warner says the Willmar board agreed it would be appropriate to send a letter to the editor of the Willmar paper to that effect. Warner says they see it as a safety issue and a workforce issue...

...Warner says the chamber also supports comprehensive immigration reform. Two area lawmakers oppose HF 1500. Last month Senator Andrew Lang of Olivia said people need to follow the law...

...Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg said if successful, it will put police in the untenable position of having to look the other way when they come across illegals. Representative Dave Baker says he supports House File 1500 but says the provisional licenses must be very different in appearance from regular licenses, and they should be renewed every year. Baker says the immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, but says "driving safe is something we can do to keep people working and paying taxes in Minnesota."