Vincent Gray (courtesy: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray will propose a bill that would allow residents to obtain a driver's license regardless of their immigration status.
The bill is to be introduced on Thursday afternoon by the mayor and other District leaders, stated the D.C. Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Engagement Facebook page on today.
"This legislation would be a monumental step to protect the civil rights of the many undocumented residents who live and actively contribute to the District of Columbia," the statement said.
Once introduced the bill will need to be reviewed by Congress before it can become law.
Currently, New Mexico, Washington State, Illinois, Oregon and Utah issue driver's licenses and ID cards to undocumented immigrants.
Maryland recently passed a bill that will include "not acceptable for federal purposes" on the license and Colorado is considering the same sort of bill, the DreamActivist DC, a multicultural immigrant youth group, said.
"[We are] pleased that our city is finally catching up to the national immigration debate by extending licenses to immigrants," said Lizbeth Mateo, an undocumented District resident and a member of DreamActivist DC.