Our community is organizing for legislation in 2019 to ensure that no one is denied the right to drive in Wisconsin because of their income or immigration status.
Restricting driver’s licenses has made our roads less safe, harmed Wisconsin’s economy, and led to the separation of Wisconsin immigrant families. Click here to read the bilingual Wisconsin Driver Card Factsheet.
The legislation will provide driver cards to community members who are unable to provide documentary proof of legal status but who otherwise qualify for driver licenses. Additionally, the bill will include measures to ensure that the hundreds of thousands of US Citizens in Wisconsin whose licenses are currently suspended or revoked due to an inability to pay fines, rather than due to traffic points violations, are not denied a driver’s license due to income.
Denying driver’s licenses to low income and working class Wisconsinites, immigrant and native-born alike, has created barriers to opportunity for tens of thousands of families. Immigrant families have been separated following traffic stops solely for driving without a license. Employers have found themselves unable to fill jobs because there are not enough workers able to drive to the job site. Community members have been unable to obtain employment because of an inability to get to and from work.
Add your name to this sign-on letter to Governor Walker and every state legislator, urging them to support this legislation. Click here to read the letter. Enter your information below to sign the letter.
Supporters of legislation to protect Driver’s Licenses to Wisconsin Immigrants in 2006 included:
Centro Hispano in Madison
Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice in South Central WI
Comité Festival Mexicano
Latinos United for Change and Advancement (LUCHA)
Voces de la Frontera Madison
Freedom, Inc. (Hmong organization)
Spanish Centers of Racine, Kenosha & Walworth, Inc.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 212
Young Christian Workers
Pequeños Empresarios Mexicanos de Wisconsin
Office of Hispanic Ministry Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Citywide Hispanic Advisory Committee
MICAH en Español
La Causa, Inc
Voces de la Frontera Milwaukee
Faith Community for Worker Justice
Students United for Immigrant Rights
Students United in the Struggle
Voces de la Frontera Racine
Spanish Centers of Racine
Racine Dominican Sisters
Casa de Esperanza
United Council of UW Students
United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS)
Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)
Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
Wisconsin Citizen Action
Wisconsin Chapter of the National Latino Peace Officers Association
Peace Action Wisconsin
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
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