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.