A bicameral group of Democratic legislators introduced their comprehensive Drive SAFE (Safety, Access, Freedom and the Economy) legislative package during a press conference this week. The legislation would allow all Michigan residents the opportunity to obtain state identification cards or driver’s licenses, including those who may not be able to prove their lawful presence.
In support of the package, members of the Michigan Legislative Latino Caucus (MLLC) leadership team released the following statement:
“We are proud to stand in support of the Drive SAFE package that will help ensure that every resident in our state, regardless of their immigration status, can access what they need to support their families, our communities, and our economy as a whole. This legislation is a win-win for everyone involved, considering that these laws have been proven to strengthen public safety on roadways and contribute to greater economic benefits after being implemented in other states.
“While we are making tremendous strides in our battle with COVID-19, we must do all we can to ensure our state’s residents and economy can come back stronger than ever. Expanding access to state ID cards and driver’s licenses for all Michigan residents is an important step toward achieving this goal, and we stand with our colleagues in both chambers who recognize this fact.”
Leaders of the Michigan Legislative Latino Caucus include state Reps. Mary Cavanagh (Chair), Darrin Camilleri (Vice-Chair), Alex Garza (Treasurer) and state Sen. Erika Geiss (Secretary).