Proposed change to Tennessee driver’s licenses is causing immigration controversy

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Tennessee legislators are continuing to look at a controversial change to the state’s driver’s licenses.

State legislators are suggesting the words “Non U.S. Citizen” or “Visa” should be displayed across the top of Tennessee licenses.

Originally, Sen. Mae Beavers suggested the word “Alien” be printed across the driver’s licenses, but says she conceded after receiving push back.

Immigrant rights advocates feel the bill singles out those who are not citizens and could make them feel threatened.

Beaver says the proposed bill is designed to keep non-U.S. citizens from voting in the state of Tennessee.