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Sit-in protestors demand expanded driver’s license access for immigrants


A group of protestors staged a sit in at the state capitol Tuesday

Carrying signs and bullhorns, dozens of activists marched into the office of Democratic state Senator Winnie Brinks.

The Senate Majority Leader is co-sponsoring a package of bills that would allow any Michigan immigrant to obtain a driver’s license or a state-issued identification card.

But some protesters say there has not been enough movement on the bills since they were introduced in April. Dolores Olivarez is an organizer with Movimiento Cosecha, the group behind the sit in.

“The legislation has promised us that they were going to give us this opportunity to have driver’s license. We feel like they have failed us. We feel that they lied to us. “

Currently, only immigrants who can prove they entered the U.S. legally, and are approved to work in the country, are eligible for a driver’s license or state ID.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community. Michelle is also the voice of WKAR's weekend news programs.