press release


News from Multiple Organizations 

October 31, 2019

Contact: David Hecker, 313-204-6115,

Labor Unions Back Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants 

MICHIGAN – Labor unions from across Michigan released the following joint-statement today supporting the Drive SAFE bills, which would give undocumented immigrants access to drivers’ licenses:

“Our immigration system is broken and we need to fix it. However, the problem will not be solved by ripping people away from their families and their communities. Immigration status issues are complex, and many people are stuck, lost or simply trying to navigate the process. That’s why drivers’ licenses for everyone in the immigrant community are so important. They will allow people – regardless of their immigration status – to take their kids to school, loved ones to get health care and shop at local businesses without fear of a minor traffic incident leading to family separation and deportation. Up until 2008, Michigan had this policy on the books. We believe our state should adopt it once again to help everyone feel safe and ensure our communities are not places where people are forced to live in the shadows.”

Labor unions who support this statement include:

American Federation of Teachers Michigan

Michigan Education Association

Michigan Nurses Association

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters

Service Employees Health Care Michigan

Service Employees Local 1