Puerto Rico Governor Asks Kemp To 'Address Irregularities Immediately'

Jul 3, 2019

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello is calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to address allegations that Puerto Rican citizens are being discriminated against when applying for a Georgia drivers license. 

In a statement Rosello said that a federal lawsuit alleging discrimination when attempting to obtain a drivers license is "absurd." 

“Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and cannot be treated unequally in any U.S. jurisdiction," Rosello said. 

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claims that Puerto Rican driver's license applicants are facing additional obstacles that residents from other U.S. states are not. Allegations include detailed questioning of applicants about the history of the Island. 

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While the lawsuit names Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Spencer Moore as the defendant, In his statement, Rosello calls on Kemp directly to intervene in the matter. 

“The Government of Puerto Rico takes these allegations very seriously and, if true, I ask Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to address the disturbing irregularities immediately. The U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico cannot be subject to illogical and illegal requirements when procuring government services.”