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Undocumented Immigrants march and rally in support of Drivers Licenses for All

ANN ARBOR: Undocumented immigrants from Movimiento Cosecha gathered for a march and rally on Saturday, September 5, 2020, to demand that the Michigan legislature pass a bill that allows access to driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. Immigrant leaders called on the community to join them in lobbying city and state legislators to introduce a driver's license bill in the legislature.

 

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.

Immigrants are tired of waiting for broken promises and delays from previous years that will provide them with basic rights. That is why they are taking to the streets to call for an end to the uncertainty, fear, and possible arrests and detentions for not having a driver's license.

In Michigan, as in the rest of the country, passing a law to provide access to driver's licenses for the immigrant community is nothing new. Fourteen states have already enacted laws that offer driver's licenses for everyone, regardless of immigration status. The state of Michigan may be next. If anything, the state of Michigan would simply revert to a law that it once had and was repealed in 2008.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

Who: Undocumented immigrant community from Ann Arbor, Michigan

What: March culminating in a rally with shared testimonies, agenda, program, etc.

Where: 295 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

When: Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at 1 PM

 

 

 
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