The Alliance for Immigrant Rights held a Press conference on Wednesday December 5 at 10.30 am at the James Thompson Center located at 100 W. Randolph, In Chicago, Illinois.
The Alliance for Immigrant Rights will deliver a letter to Governor Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton to oppose the legislation that will create a temporary and colored Drivers license for undocumented immigrants as it is currently being proposed.
Representatives of the Alliance will urge Governor Quinn and Senate President Cullerton to introduce a legislation that allows the opportunity all individuals in the state of Illinois without social security number to attain a regular driver license with the passport of their country of origin and other documents of Illinois to demonstrate their residency in the state.
We are very concern with the legislation that has been introduced because it only provides temporary drivers licenses with a differentiated color, similar to those issued to drivers visiting the State of Illinois. Those licenses will raise the risk of racial profiling and discrimination against the immigrant community.
To issue a differentiated colored code license will expose the undocumented population to discriminatory practices and racial profiling and open the door to litigation for civil rights violations against Latino immigrants and other immigrant communities.
In 2004 the State of Tennessee passed a similar law that led to rise in discrimination against immigrants and created additional burdens for law enforcement agencies and led to an increased number of uninsured drivers.
The Alliance for Immigrant Rights represent organizations which include MALDEF, Frente Unido de Inmigrantes, Casa Aztlán , LULAC, Latinos Progresando and the National Lawyers Guild among others, strongly urge both Governor Quinn and Senate President Cullerton to consider a proposal that will provide driver’s licenses to all residents of the State without creating two classes of citizens. This is not only good policy, but responds to a reality that within the next four years, immigration reform will become a federal law.
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