Advocates Hail Bill to Restore Drivers Licenses

Advocates Hail Introduction of Bill to Restore  Drivers Licenses to All, Including  Undocumented Immigrants

Last month, Democratic Representatives Chang and Santana joined with Republican David Pagel to announce the introduction of a bill to restore drivers licenses for all in Michigan, including undocumented immigrants.

Licenses were stripped from undocumented drivers in Michigan in 2008.

12 states and Washington DC currently offer licenses to all, including the most recent additions of Illinois and California.

latin-flags-168Providing drivers licenses to all would increase safety on our state’s roadways. Properly licensed immigrant drivers will need to pass a drivers test, get insurance, and pay registration fees. Overall, this would reduce accidents and increase tax revenue.

El mes pasado, los representantes demócratas Chang y Santana se unieron con el republicano David Pagel en anunciar la introducción de un proyecto de ley para restaurar licencias de conducir para todos en Michigan, incluyendo a los inmigrantes indocumentados.

Licencias fueron despojados de los conductores indocumentados en Michigan en 2008. 12 estados y Washington DC actualmente ofrecen licencias para todos, incluidos los más recientes adiciones de Illinois y California.

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Santiago Rios has dedicated his life to pursuing excellence. He is an accomplished professional and an advocate of community development and advancement. Santiago’s parents were migrant farm workers who came from Texas to Michigan and Ohio every year to work in the fields. In 1950, they settled in St. Louis, Michigan. As a young man Santiago worked in the fields and the orchards of Michigan along with his parents, his grandmother and numerous other family members. Santiago is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He currently serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, and teaches part-time as an Assistant Professor in the Michigan State University, Division of Public Health. From 1998 – 2004 he served as Chairman of the Capitol Area Cesar E. Chavez Commission. In 1990, Santiago Rios was awarded the Michigan State University Service Award for his work in the establishment of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. Santiago is a past chairman of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Santiago and his wife, Melissa, reside in Lansing, Michigan. The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of Santiago Rios, and must not be associated with or attributed to his employers, or to any other person or entity.