New York Grants Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Residents

HeadlineJun 18, 2019

In New York, immigrant rights activists are celebrating after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill allowing undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses. The bill overturns a nearly 20-year ban and came after years of grassroots and political organizing. Proponents of the bill say it not only helps to protect immigrant communities, but also makes roads safer. Ana Maria Archila of the Center for Popular Democracy tweeted about the historic passing of the legislation, commonly referred to as the “Green Light” bill, saying, “For as long as I’ve been an activist, we’ve been trying to win drivers licenses for all [New York State] residents. This fight is about the freedom to move without fear & the right to return to our families at the end of day. Today democracy came alive & delivered justice. #SiSePuede.”

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