You don't need a license to register a car in Massachusetts. Some say it's a loophole that makes it possible for thousands of illegal immigrants to legally get their cars on the road.
The state senate passed a measure to change that, but the move, and several others aimed at illegal immigrants have now been wiped out of the legislature's final budget.
State senator Robert Hedlund has tried for years to close what he and others call a loophole that allows people without a license to register their cars in Massachusetts.
Nearly 200,000 vehicles have been registered by people without licenses, though the registry of motor vehicles says only a small fraction of those are active.
The measure that passed the state senate would have changed that... By requiring someone to first have a license to register a car.
But that and other moves designed to crack down on illegal immigrants failed to reach the legislature's final budget.
In a statement senator Hedlund says:
"...the reform package passed by the senate represented a more comprehensive and effective crack-down on the bureaucratic safety net that allows illegal immigrants to thrive in this state."
U.S. senator Scott Brown, speaking from Washington D.C., told FOX Undercover the federal government needs to do more.
“We need to secure our borders there's no doubt about it, and you need to have a strong e-verification program. Fining of employers who hire illegals. Unless you do those things first, everything else is going to be irrelevant,” Brown said.
Also not making it into the final budget was a cap on salaries for employees at the state's quasi-public agencies.
We’ve already reportedhow the head of one of these agencies makes $334,000 a year in salary and benefits.
But for now the hefty salaries at those 50 or so state authorities are safe.