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Denied licenses, immigrants plan march across RI

Immigrants who aren't allowed to drive are planning a long march across Rhode Island to protest political inaction on legislation that would have granted driver's licenses to people in the country illegally.

The planned rally comes after Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Wednesday that legislation proposing the licenses is dead for the year.

Mattiello says his opinion is the electorate across the state doesn't support the bill and so he's not letting it move forward before the legislative session ends in June.

March organizers say the event could happen in late summer or early fall.

The activists say it's partly an attempt to expose suburban Rhode Islanders and their legislators to the challenges facing the state's immigrant families who are concentrated mostly in Providence and nearby cities.



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