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Activists in Albany want state driver's licenses for non-citizens

May 13, 2019 06:17 PM

ALBANY - At the state Capitol on Monday, the crusade to transform New York into a "beacon of progressivism" continued. Part of that crusade is to make sure that any New Yorker, regardless of their immigration status, can obtain a driver's license.

The fight for non-citizens to have New York state driver's licenses is nothing new in Albany. In fact, the crusade began a decade ago when Eliot Spitzer was governor.

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However, at that time and up until recently, the state Senate was controlled by Republicans. Now that the entire state Legislature has turned blue, activists believe this is their time. That's why their crusade toward that destination shifted into high gear.

The activists arrived in Albany from all over New York state. On the Million Dollar Staircase at the Capitol, civil liberty advocates rallied for racial justice and immigration rights.

Their platform of change was lengthy, but at the top of their list is legislation that would allow all New Yorkers – regardless of immigration status, to walk into a DMV office and apply for a New York state driver's license.

It's something that activists consider an issue of social justice and economic fairness.

Hear from activists about why they say it's so important – and from those who don't support the idea – and why, by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.

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