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Immigrant Youth Spearhead Campaign to Enable All DC Residents Obtain Driver’s Licenses

by Matt Hildreth on 01/30/2012 at 1:50pm

Driver's License With all of the immigration news happening across the country, it’s rare that we here in DC have an opportunity to take action in a local fight.  Well here’s your chance! The immigrant youth movement is spearheading a campaign to allow all DC residents to obtain driver’s licenses.

Tonight, they are hosting an event and hope that you can come along! See the message below from our friend, Matias Ramos, a leader in the immigrant youth movement, who is helping to organize a DC driver’s licenses event on tonight at 5 PM (EST).

At a time when the immigration system is broken, and the federal government has stalled in debating the issue, immigrant youth across the country are working at the local level to improve the living conditions of undocumented people in the US. But for me, and for many other activists who are working on legislation at the national level, DC has become our local community. And as an immigrant who came to this country at age 13, I am eager for the Council to move forward on an important piece of legislation.

DC has been a sanctuary city since 1978, and so far Mayor Gray’s administration has been a supporter of immigrants, passing an executive order that limits the way that federal enforcement programs can use local resources to detain immigrants. But the Gray administration needs to take the critical next step.

We want the city council to take away the social security number requirement from its driver licenses’ applications. This way, DC immigrants who might be waiting to adjust their legal status will be able to drive safely, have access to financial services, and live fuller lives.

Will you join us at the In front of DC City Hall (1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) on Monday at 5pm?

You can help us spread the word through Facebook, here.

The vigil will be held at City Hall (1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Feel free to come and bring your friends!

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