There's a renewed push for Michigan driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants
Undocumented immigrants lost their ability to get Michigan drivers’ licenses back in 2008.
“Taking away driver's licenses did not translate into undocumented immigrants stopping driving altogether … or making Michigan safer,” says Nelly Fuentes, with the Drive Michigan Forward Coalition. “It just translated into a lot of people driving without a driver’s license.”
Last week, the Michigan Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the legislation.
“This concerns students,” says board member Lupe Ramos-Montigny. “We want them to be free of stress … and the way that that happens is their parents can bring them to school, can take them to the doctor … and parents can come and participate in school activities.”
More than a dozen other states allow individuals to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their immigration status.