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Fl. Governor's immigration license veto shocks Hispanic community

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Posted at 2:33 PM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 10:59:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A Florida bill that would've allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for a drivers license won't be hitting the road.

"I was disappointed when Rick Scott vetoed the bill," said Tabitha Frazier.

It was almost a victory for members of the Hispanic community like Tabitha Frazier who had hoped the governor would've signed a bill that would've allowed undocumented young immigrants to apply for a driver's license.

"This really is the best and the brightest of the immigrant community, now these students who have basically grown up as Americans will not be able to have access to drive," said Frazier.

In the governor's veto message Rick Scott questioned the legality of the federal policy.

He says it has not been approved by congress or been approved as a federal rule.

Though members of the republican controlled legislature nearly passed the bill unanimously this past legislative session, the chairman of the Florida Republican Party supports the governor's decision.

"The governor made a decision not to grant special privileges to individuals who's status is uncertain," said Lenny Curry.

However; students say it's a privilege they can only hope they'll have one day.

"Having that pushed on to these students with big dreams, having these students come and being students it effects them greatly," said Alejandro Victoria.