No driver's license = fear of deportation

No driver's license = fear of deportation

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Help us push for immigrant-friendly policies, including drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status, in the next legislative session. Sign the pledge.

In Texas, thousands of immigrant mothers and fathers worry that a routine traffic stop could result in being deported away from their children.

Without documents, immigrants are not allowed to get a driver’s license. Each time they take to the road, they risk traffic police asking them for their documents, arresting them, and calling immigration.

Family is a core Texas value. Yet Texas keeps immigrants without documents in a state of fear by denying them access to drivers’ licenses.

Help us push for immigrant-friendly policies, including drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status, in the next legislative session. Sign the pledge.

Access to drivers’ licenses makes Texas roads safer for all drivers:

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  • - Allowing new Americans to obtain a driver’s license will provide the opportunity for all drivers to take the written and driving skills tests, and to access insurance at an affordable rate.
  • - Immigrant mothers and fathers can get safely to and from work without worrying they may be stopped, asked for papers, and deported away from their children.
  • - More insured drivers means that individuals are held accountable for their own driving record, rather than the state paying for medical care and other associated costs.

The Texas legislature won’t just give us drivers’ license. We will have to push for it. That means traveling to Austin to visit state legislatures and rally support.

Fifty-five LUPE members will be able to travel to Austin on February 11th to push for access to drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status.

LUPE is working with the Immigration Working Group of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network in our push for drivers’ licenses. Valley Equal Voice Network partners will travel to Austin to rally with groups from around the state in support of the measure. The rally and legislative visits will show Austin legislators that there is support from diverse sectors of the state for drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status.

Gaining drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status will be an uphill battle, but we are optimistic that, with the support and enthusiasm of individuals throughout the state, we’ll succeed.

Show your support for immigrant-friendly policies by signing the pledge today.

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