Drivers Licenses for All in Massachusetts

Twelve states and the District of Columbia have laws that enable immigrants to obtain a driver’s license with their documentation from another country: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont and Washington. Securing driver’s licenses is a critical step we can take to prevent deportations, as immigrants who are found driving without a license are often arrested and transferred to ICE detention. Widespread racial profiling exacerbates the risk an undocumented immigrant takes each time they need to drive to work, to see a doctor, to transport their kids, or to run an errand. Everyone should be able to drive without fear.

Last week, the NYTimes Editorial Board voiced their support for drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants in New York. Here in Massachusetts, statewide support is building for “An Act Relative to Work and Family Mobility” — the Bill currently in Transportation Committee that when passed will secure licenses for undocumented immigrants.

The Drivers Licenses Coalition (convened by SEIU32 BJ and the Brazilian Worker Center) has produced a fact sheet and summary of the bill.

Click here to download the Fact Sheet on the MA Drivers Licenses Bill!

ECM recently endorsed the bill. For more information, or to endorse the bill, please contact: Dalida Rocha, SEIU 32BJ, DRocha@seiu32bj.org or Natalicia Tracy, Brazilian Worker Center, NTracy@braziliancenter.org

Upcoming Actions to Demonstrate Support for Drivers Licenses for All:

  • April 26-29 Cosecha Gran Caminata - March from Framingham to the State House - https://www.facebook.com/events/273238363580156/

    • The March ends with a rally at the State House on 4/29 in the afternoon

    • To donate food/cash/transportation and other needs to make the March possible, contact Dylan, (617) 694-3803