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Undocumented Immigrants march/rally in support of Driver’s Licenses or Permits  


ANN ARBOR: Undocumented immigrants from Movimiento Cosecha gathered for a march and rally at 295 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor on Saturday, September 5, 2020, to request that the Michigan legislature pass a bill that allows access to driver's licenses or permits for undocumented immigrants. Leaders called on the community to join them in lobbying city and state legislators to introduce such a bill.


Every day, mothers and fathers leave their homes without knowing if this will be the last time they will see their family. What may appear as a simple traffic stop can turn into an arrest, detention, and deportation. Immigrants sustain this country through their labor and economic contributions, and they deserve basic rights that would guarantee the safety of themselves and their families.


Passing a law to provide access to driver's licenses for the immigrant community is nothing new. Fifteen states, DC, and Puerto Rico have already enacted laws that offer driver's licenses or permits for everyone, regardless of immigration status. If anything, the state of Michigan would simply revert to a law that it had in 2008.


“We are tired of living in fear, of driving every day, not knowing if we will return and see our children, our families at the end of the day. We leave our houses in a perpetual state of fear every time we have to get behind the wheel, even more so during these times of the pandemic. But we are not afraid to fight for the rights we deserve. Our community is united and organized, and together we will win licenses for all!” - B. Yamileth, Movimiento Cosecha Ann Arbor


The group plans on a rally in Lansing on Sept. 16, but the details have not yet been finalized. Question seekers should contact Catalina at 201-598-4448.


Photos courtesy of Movimiento Cosecha. See page 2 of La Prensa.


On the Internet:  https://www.ncsl.org/research/immigration/






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