Massachusetts voters will decide this November whether to overturn a new law that makes undocumented immigrants eligible for driver's licenses.
The Secretary of State's office has certified the number of signatures needed to put the repeal effort on the ballot.
Under the law, called the Work and Family Mobility Act, those who entered the country illegally will be able to apply for a driver’s license with certain documents, like a foreign passport or consular identification paperwork.
Sarang Sekhavat, with the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, said the law benefits immigrants and society as a whole.
"Ensuring all Massachusetts drivers meet the necessary identification, registration and testing requirements for driving just simply makes the roads safer," Sekhavat said.
But Jim Lyons, chair of the state Republican Party, argues driving is a privilege, not a right.
"The rule of law matters," Lyons said. "People that are in the country illegally should not be rewarded for their behavior by getting a driver's license."
If the law is not overturned by voters, it will go into effect next July.