Puerto Rico has unveiled a system that will allow migrants living illegally in the U.S. territory to obtain a temporary driver’s license.
Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Thursday that he expects more than 100,000 migrants will apply for the license. He noted the majority of migrants in Puerto Rico are from the neighboring Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rico joins a handful of U.S. states in issuing such licenses.
The provisional driver’s license would be issued only to those who have lived in Puerto Rico for a year.
Garcia stressed that police officers cannot arrest those carrying the provisional license because of their status.
Puerto Rico previously approved measures prohibiting officials at schools and hospitals from asking people about their status.