In 2006, former Democratic Governor Mike Easley took away driver’s licenses from undocumented immigrants with taxpayer IDs. Since then, undocumented immigrants are paying the price for driving unlicensed, not knowing if they will come home to their families.
This year alone, we have fought alongside 8 immigrant families to stop the deportation of their loved ones. Maria Juana, Coach Salazar, Jose Ortiz, Fabiana Palomo, Isaias Valles, Isaias Morales, Oscar Canales and Erika Gonzalez all faced or are currently facing deportation for driving without a license.
Hardworking, tax-paying undocumented immigrants all over NC have made it very clear that they want and need to be able to legally drive again. The RECLAIM NC Act will give us an opportunity to do that. “How can they be willing to pay insurance premiums up front, have background checks run on them, and accept marked licenses to identify them as undocumented immigrants?” Because the price we are currently paying for driving unlicensed is even greater than that.
Maria Juana’s 2 US citizen daughters, Nayely and Blanca, can tell you about the price they’ve had to pay because their mother was driving unlicensed. And Coach Salazar’s granddaughter. And Oscar’s baby Karen. Or Jose’s children, Joselyn, Gloria, and Luis, who recently had to miss school to personally ask their congressman to tell ICE that their daddy was just going to work to provide for them when he got into a minor accident and was arrested when the police arrived and Jose could not provide a driver’s license.
Sure, the driving permit is temporary and it’s marked. But it’s something. And to people who have nothing, something goes a long way.
Sign the petition to urge NC lawmakers to fix what should’ve never been broken. Tell them to give licenses back to undocumented immigrants: http://bit.ly/reclaimnclicense.
Thank you for your support.