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Michigan State Board of Education passes resolution supporting Driver's Licenses for All

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This past Tuesday, the Michigan State Board of Education passed a resolution in support of a proposed legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants in Michigan to obtain a drivers’ licenses.  The Drive Safe Bills aim to provide undocumented immigrants and all other individuals who can’t prove legal presence with a drivers’ license.

Out of eight board members of the Michigan State Board of Education with one member being absent, six voted in favor and one voted against the resolution. 

During the meeting over 20 community members from Cosecha Michigan were present and advocated on behalf of the resolution. Ashley Baltierra was one of them and she said she was very nervous the board wouldn’t pass the resolution. “But the moment I saw that we had enough votes…I felt so much relief and joy in my heart.”

The Michigan State Board of Education joins the City Commission of Detroit, Washtenaw County Commission and the Grand Rapids Public School Board of Education in passing resolutions supporting drivers’ licenses for all.

Michelle Jokisch Polo, WGVU News. 

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