Antonio Clara, a volunteer with the community group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, has several relatives who go through the nerve-wracking experience of driving to and from work without a driver’s license.
“My brother is working overnights, so sometimes he will have some trouble,” Clara said. “Sometimes the police stop you for no reason, so he needs something to demonstrate that, ‘I’m here, and I’ve tried to do everything right.’ But when we don’t have licenses, that’s a big problem for us.”
NLMH is now lobbying even harder in support of the Green Light Bill (A10273 and S8680), which would increase privacy measures in the application process, allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses.
NLMH Ulster County Organizer Diana Lopez said she is confident the bill is going to see some action during this legislative session.