Nearly two dozen activists and community members rallied Friday evening in downtown Fresno advocating for undocumented immigrants' rights to obtain driver's licenses.
Stephanie Kamey of Fresno, community organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, urged the community to pressure politicians to pass Assembly Bill 60, which would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for state-issued driver's licenses.
The bill was approved Friday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and is on its way to the Senate floor.
"Coming from the immigrant community we see a lot of pushback for not having a license," Kamey said. "They get pulled over for having a broken tail light but because they don't have a license they get their car taken away."
"We are here, we are driving, we have kids, we need to take them to school, we need to take them to the hospital," she added.
Participants Friday holding bright green and orange fliers titled "Licenses for All" said they are fighting for equality.
"Us immigrants are part of this economy, we want to comply with the law which requires driver's licenses, car insurance, to pass a driving test," said Leonel Flores, an immigration reform organizer who spoke in Spanish. "We want state officials to be present not only when they need our vote but when it matters to us, too."
Proponents said the bill is not just for the safety of immigrants but for the safety of all Californians.
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