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Group rallies for driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in front of Michigan capitol

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 20:07:16-04

LANSING, Mich. — A rally was held Wednesday morning in Lansing in support of undocumented immigrants obtaining driver’s licenses in Michigan.

Immigrants from Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit participated.

“Undocumented immigrants in Michigan are fighting for one of the most basic and essential rights: the right to drive without fear,” said Zara Ortiz, an organizer with Cosecha Michigan from Ann Arbor. “Especially with COVID-19, we need driver’s licenses so that we can work or go to the doctor without fear of being stopped by police and separated from our families. The Drive SAFE bills were introduced over a year ago but they haven’t moved forward at all. So now we are talking directly to members of the transportation committee: Why won’t you schedule a public hearing? We deserve to be heard on this important issue.”

Movimiento Cosecha is part of a national movement fighting for undocumented immigrants in the U.S., and the Michigan group has been fighting for access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants since 2018.

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