MCC Advocates for Driver License Access for Undocumented Persons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2016
(Lansing, Mich.) — Denying an undocumented resident of the state access to a driver’s license not only harms the dignity of that person but also makes life’s daily routines excessively difficult, Michigan Catholic Conference Vice President for Public Policy Tom Hickson said today during a press event on the steps of the State Capitol.
Legislation to be introduced this week by Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Representative Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) would require the Michigan Department of State to issue an operator’s license to an applicant who is unable to submit sufficient documents to verify his or her identity and legal presence in the United States, provided specific criteria are met and documents that prove residency can be made available.
Below are prepared remarks Hickson delivered at today’s event. The legislation discussed will be assigned to a committee once it is introduced.
Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.