¡Sí Se Pudo! State Grants Driver’s Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants

June 18, 2019

Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, News

NYLPI is proud to have been a signatory along with the coalition of groups lobbying to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, a bill approved by the New York State Senate on Monday, and signed shortly afterwards by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The vote, following the bill’s passage in the Assembly last week, ends years of political paralysis on the issue, and will remove a key fear of people who are sick and need to drive to the doctor, but risk doing so.

NYLPI’s Director of Health Justice Laura Redman said: “This is great news! It will make a huge impact in people’s lives, particularly those who are very sick and risk much by going to the doctor. It is something we have heard expressed regularly, by people we work with, that they are scared to drive to the doctor.”

“It’s been an 18-year struggle,” Javier Valdés, the co-executive director of Make the Road New York, told the New York Times. “The resilience of the immigrant community has shown through once again.”

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