Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee
May 4, 2014
Dear Representative Thissen,
We are writing to express to you our view that you must bring HF348, the drivers license bill, to an immediate vote in the Ways & Means Committee and push for it’s passage on the House floor. The bill can and must pass this session!
The bill is universally seen as the highest priority in Minnesota right now for Latino immigrant workers and their families and communities. This is an urgent matter and cannot wait another year. The time to act is now.
Why is it urgent? As you may be aware, over 2 million people have been deported from the U.S. since President Obama took office in 2009. This is more than President Bush deported in his entire 8 years in office. Every family that includes Latino immigrants has been negatively affected by these deportations that separate families, separate children and parents. A large number of these deportation processes begin when people are stopped for driving without a license. These family separations are entirely unnecessary. If you pass HF348, many such deportations will be avoided. The issue of driving a car on Minnesota’s roads should have no relation to one’s immigration status.
As the legislative session is almost over, we urge to you take action immediately. You have no excuses. All the reasons you gave last year for not passing the bill such as lack of Republican support have now been resolved. Pass HF348 now!
The membership of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC)
MIRAC is an organization that has been organizing for the rights of immigrants in Minnesota since 2006. MIRAC stands for legalization for all, no more deportations, and full equality regardless of nationality.