Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently came out in support of driver’s licenses for illegal aliens in Michigan.
Activist group Movimiento Cosecha Michigan posted a short video interview with Whitmer during July’s Democratic debates in Detroit.
In response to a direct question about Driver Licenses for illegal immigrants, Whitmer said, “We need to ensure that everyone’s got a path to get a license so that they’ve got identification;” adding:
That’s something that’s important to me, it’s important to our economy, and it’s important to the people of Michigan.
Fortunately, we’ve got a Secretary of State and an Attorney General who also, I know, feel the same way.
Español abajo – LAST NIGHT: Governor Gretchen Whitmer goes on record saying that she supports Driver's Licenses For All, a campaign that our immigrant-led Cosecha movement has been championing for the last two years! "We need to ensure that everyone’s got a path to getting a license so they’ve got identification. That’s something that’s important to me, it’s important to our economy, it’s important to the people of Michigan. Fortunately we’ve got a Secretary of State and an Attorney General who also, I know, feel the same way.”We will hold the Governor accountable for putting these words into action! #LicenseForAll #NoEmptyPromisesANOCHE: ¡La gobernadora Gretchen Whitmer dice que apoya las licencias de conducir para todos, una campaña que nuestro movimiento Cosecha dirigido por inmigrantes ha estado luchando durante los últimos dos años!"Necesitamos asegurarnos de que todos tengan un camino para obtener una licencia para que tengan identificación. Eso es algo que es importante para mí, es importante para nuestra economía, es importante para la gente de Michigan. Afortunadamente tenemos una Secretaria de Estado y una Abogada General que también, lo sé, sienten lo mismo ”.¡Responsabilizaremos a la gobernadora de poner en práctica estas palabras! #LicensiasParaTodos #NoPromesasVacias
Posted by Cosecha Michigan on Thursday, August 1, 2019
According the Detroit Free Press, Michigan passed legislation to ban the practice of providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in 2008 after Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican, issued a formal opinion the year before. Cox’s opinion reversed a 1995 opinion from former Attorney General Frank Kelley, a Democrat.
Some see expanding state benefits to illegals as a way to ensure population numbers allow Michigan to retain its 14th Congressional District seat after the 2020 census, according to a Bridge MI report during the 2018 Democratic primary race.
The report quoted former gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed’s pledge to not spend a dime of state taxpayer resources on enforcing federal immigration policy.
“We’ve also got to make sure that in this state we are not discriminating by documentation status,” he said. “Now if you’re undocumented, you don’t get access to a driver’s license, so you’re stuck. You don’t get access to a lot of the basic things the state offers everybody else. And I think that’s ridiculous, so I think we’ve got to stop discriminating that way.”
On July 15, Kalamazoo commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.
“As you may know, not having a license is one of the main reasons many undocumented people get deported,” a 14-year-old commented on the resolution, according to Fox 17, which also reported that all who addressed the commissioners supported the resolution.
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Abigail Nobel is a reporter for The Michigan Star.
Photo “Supporters for Illegal Immigrants Getting Licenses” by Cosecha Michigan.