A vote for public safety and dignity

Published: 05/05/2022 10:19:05

Modified: 05/05/2022 10:17:34

This Thursday, every state senator in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to say yes to public safety, fairness and dignity by voting in favor of the Work and Family Mobility Act. By voting “yes,” the Senate will bring us one step closer to joining 16 states and DC by giving undocumented residents the simple right to apply for a driver’s license.

The more people know about the bill, the more likely they are to support it.

Yes, it allows people with documents from their country of origin, such as a birth certificate or passport, to take the test to obtain a driver’s license. No, it does not allow someone with a driver’s license to vote or use it for identification while traveling (i.e. it does not comply to RealID).

Why do an overwhelming majority of district attorneys and county sheriffs support the bill? Because it’s in the service of public safety. When all drivers are trained and tested on the rules of the road – and insured – we are all safer.

From CISA’s perspective, we know that many undocumented people work on local farms – growing food that feeds us all. The right to obtain a driver’s license is a small change with huge positive impacts, allowing them to drive safely to their jobs, raise their children and live their daily lives without fear.

Please contact your State Senator now and ask them to vote yes on the Work and Family Mobility Act on Thursday!

Philippe Korman

Executive Director, Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA)