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
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.
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