Interfaith Impact of NYS strongly supports passage of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (A.3675 Crespo/S.1747 Sepulveda).
We support the work of the Green Light NY Coalition in seeking to secure the right of New York State Drivers Licenses for undocumented immigrants. We are pleased to take a stance on this justice issue, knowing that it was selected by the undocumented workers themselves as a high priority that would significantly improve the quality of their lives.
Many undocumented people work in isolation on rural farms and have almost unsurmountable challenges getting to a grocery store, taking children to school, or even getting to a doctor’s appointment. We believe that New York State should join the l2 states across the United States (including our neighboring states of Connecticut and Vermont) that ALREADY provide access to licenses for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
It is our understanding that undocumented workers would readily participate in and boost the local economies, as well as paying millions of dollars in license and registration fees. When all workers can license and insure their vehicles, the rate of accidents with uninsured motorists will decline, offering lower insurance rates for all.
We the members of the governing Board of Directors of IINYS thus ask our legislators to support legislation giving drivers licenses to immigrants as soon as possible.
Interfaith IMPACT of New York State is a statewide coalition of congregations and individuals from Protestant, Reform Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, and other faith traditions working for the common good through progressive religious advocacy.