Media Coverage

Consejeros sobre salud mental a apoyan a inmigrantes en el área de Nueva York-April 18, 2019

Noticia LI Staff

“Para afrontar la “crisis” de salud mental que afecta a la comunidad inmigrante, recientemente se lanzó la Red de Consejeros Latinx en Acción, con profesionales que se ocuparán a lo largo y ancho del país de temas como violencia, detención, separación de familias y deportaciones.”

Viewpoint: License bill is good for immigrants and for N.Y.-April 17, 2019

Julina Guo, Timesunion

“To drive or not to drive? For many immigrants in New York, the question is better posed as, ‘To survive or not to survive?'”

Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Seem To Be Showing Benefits In Connecticut-April 16, 2019

Chris Burrell, WGBH News

“Connecticut has seen a reduction in hit-and-run crashes over the past three years, which some safety experts attribute to the state’s four-year-old policy of allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.”

El Times respalda acceso a licencias de conducir para indocumentados-April 14, 2019

David Ramirez, El Diario

“El respaldo del periódico se hizo público a través de un editorial en el que citó que la medida es vital para la seguridad pública”

Getting drivers licensed is in everybody’s best interests-April 13, 2019

Denise Civiletti, Riverhead local

“Even if you don’t care about the toll this situation takes on human lives and scores of families in our communities, about parents who can’t take their children to doctor appointments or go to the grocery store, if your only concern is about your own checkbook, consider the ways in which the current situation costs you personally.”

Let Undocumented Immigrants Drive-April 12, 2019

New York Times Editorial Board

“For those who have to work and raise their families in the shadows as they provide cheap labor for contractors, restaurants, farms and factories, a driver’s license could change their lives.”

Supporters Hopeful Driver’s Licenses Will Extend to Undocumented Immigrants-April 12, 2019

Nick Reisman, Spectrum News

“These kinds of bills are controversial, obviously, because you have a lot of anti-immigrant fervor. But nothing is easy in this state and it’s something that we’re going to continue to work on.”

Vehicle Of Change: Licensing Undocumented Residents-April 12, 2019

Jeff Guillot, Innovate LI

“Seems like a no-brainer to me: New York should join the other 12 states that have already taken this step and pass this bill into law during this legislative session.”

Give us the Greenlight: Driver’s Licenses for all New Yorkers!-April 9, 2019

Dan Hong, Medium

“The greatest impact of this bill is ending a nightmare scenario for undocumented immigrants — becoming separated from their families for simply trying to obtain a driver’s license.”

Licencias para indocumentados: movilización y presión comunitaria es la clave para ganar esta reforma-April 9, 2019

Luis Méndez, El Diario

“Con mucho asombro y también preocupación estamos viendo la ausencia de movilización comunitaria apoyando las propuestas legales que darían luz verde a la aprobación de licencias de conducir para los inmigrantes indocumentados en el estado de Nueva York.”

EEUU: Hispanos de granjas del norte piden poder conducir-April 8, 2019

Claudia Torrens and Michael Hill, AP News

“Un rosario plateado y una cruz con la inscripción “Oración del chofer” cuelgan del retrovisor de Luis Jiménez. Para el mexicano significan una protección: si la policía lo para en la carretera podría ser arrestado y separado de su esposa y sus tres hijos.”

‘Necessity’: Those in US illegally push for license to drive-April 8, 2019

Claudia Torrens and Michael Hill, AP News

“Dairy farm worker Luis Jiménez gambles every time he drives without a license. Even a minor traffic stop could alert immigration agents that he is in the country illegally and lead to deportation.”

Rep. Espaillat endorses New York State measure for driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status-April 8, 2019

Denis Slattery and Toni Reinhold, Daily News

“A New York City congressman is backing a measure in Albany to allow the state to issue driver’s licenses to people regardless of their immigration status — including those who are undocumented.”

YELLOW LIGHT FOR IMMIGRANT DRIVER’S LICENSES AS STATE BILL REVS UP-April 7, 2019

Josefa Velasquez, The City

“Fresh off passage of a state budget that included the DREAM Act to fund higher education for undocumented immigrants, some Democrats in the Legislature are looking for a bigger win: New York state-issued driver’s licenses.”

Six Long Island Members of the Assembly Are Co-Sponsoring Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants Bill-April 4, 2019

Patrick Young, Long Island Wins

“At last count, six Long Islanders in the New York State Assembly have signed on to support legislation that makes driver’s licenses accessible to immigrants.”

Activistas presionan a la Legislatura por licencias de conducir para indocumentadosApril 4, 2019

Ramón Frisneda, El Diario

“Grupo pro-inmigrante presenta una lista de prioridades para que sean analizadas en lo que resta del periodo de sesiones legislativas.”

Call State Senator Monica Martinez and Ask Her to Sponsor Driver’s License Bill-April 2, 2019

Patrick Young, Long Island Wins

“Call Monica Martinez this week to urge her to support the fight to pass the legislation (S01747) that expands access to driver’s licenses for New York State residents regardless of immigration status. Tell her to join the Green Light New York campaign and co-sponsor S01747.”

Junta comunitaria de SEPA Mujer orienta a indocumentados sobre las licencias de conducir-April 2, 2019 

Felipe Mendoza, Noticia Long Island

“Continúa creciendo el grupo de solicitantes para las licencias de conducción en el estado de Nueva York. En una carrera contra el tiempo, las diferentes organizaciones y líderes locales trabajan para lograr informar y empoderar a la comunidad inmigrante, en especial a los indocumentados hispanos, sobre cómo obtener este ansiado permiso para manejar sin temores y con mayor seguridad en las pistas neoyorquinas.”

As Jews, It Is Our Duty To Stand With Undocumented Immigrants-April 1, 2019

Ann Toback, Forward

“Immigrants and refugees in the United States are under attack and the Jewish community must stand up, speak out, and take action to protect the 21st century successors to our own immigrant ancestors.”

Local Lawmakers Support “Green Light Bill”-March 28, 2019

Rachel Purtell, The New Paltz Oracle

“Allowing access to licenses will likely improve trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities. With valid, legal identification, witnesses and victims of crimes may more readily report and cooperate with police.”

Damned if They Drive, Damned if They Don’t-March 26, 2019

Lisa Held, Civil Eats

“When I wanted to go to the doctor, I couldn’t go, because I didn’t have a driver’s license. I had to deal with the pain that night and another night, too.”

Kingston mayor, police chief back driver licenses for undocumented immigrants-March 23, 2019

Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Mayor Steve Noble and Police Chief Egidio Tinti endorsed the proposal, which drew support from Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa and Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagara last week.”

NY again weighs driver’s licenses for those in the country illegally-March 23, 2019

Michael Gormley, Newsday

“… the issue remains a thorny one for legislators and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and might not be done until the end of the session in June, if then.”

LETTER: No driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants-March 22, 2019

Tania Barricklo, Daily Freeman

Letter to the Editor from a Woodstock resident opposing this campaign

Demonstrators seek driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants-March 21, 2019

News 12

“Demonstrators hit the streets Thursday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to pass a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.”

GOP state lawmakers voice objections to driver’s license plan-March 21, 2019

Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Two Republican state assemblymen who represent parts of Ulster County say they oppose allowing “illegal immigrants” to get New York driver’s licenses.”

Advocates deploy their own poll to argue for licenses for immigrants-March 19, 2019

Mallory Moench, Times Union

“The Green Light campaign, a coalition of organizations advocating for the change, pushed back against a Siena Research Institute poll in which 61 percent of New York respondents opposed the idea.”

NY should issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants (Your letters)– March 18, 2019

Syracuse.com

“It’s time for the governor and New York state lawmakers to provide immigrants with tools to protect themselves from these aggressive and unlawful tactics. Supporting Greenlight NY is one step in the right direction.”

An Agenda to Protect New York Immigrants and Benefit the Entire State– March 18, 2019

Marcos Crespo & Victor Pichardo, Gotham Gazette

“Immigrants are integral parts of local communities, but they also contribute to local and statewide economies. In New York there are 4.49 million foreign-born immigrants.”

Ulster County Sheriff Figueroa supports driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants– March 16, 2019

Ariél Zangla, Daily Freeman

“Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa said he supports providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York as a matter of public safety.”

Cobra fuerza en NYC clamor de licencia para todos– March 16, 2019

Telemundo 47

“Líderes mexicanos del estado de Nueva York se suman al clamor de licencias para todos, a la vez que impulsan el avance de la medida en terreno legislativo.”

Senator Stewart-Cousins and the NYS Budget-March 14, 2019

The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

“State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35) talks about the New York State Senate Democrats’ priorities for the budget as negotiations get serious ahead of the April 1 deadline.”

Marchers take to the streets to support driver’s license access for all-March 13, 2019

Maria Piedrabuena, Riverhead local

“Marchers of all ages and ethnicities rallied in support of the bills — also known as the Green Light NY bill, currently pending in the state legislature — by chanting along the route in Spanish and English phrases like ‘What do we want? Licenses for all!’ and ‘Why do we want it? To drive without fear!'”

Driver Debate: TV Ad Campaign Supports Licenses for Immigrants-March 13, 2019

Nick Reisman, Spectrum News

“The ad, from the NYIC, highlights the story of Dalila Yeend, an undocumented immigrant whose special needs son has five to 10 medical appointments in a given month.”

1,000 rally for undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses-March 12, 2019

Mallory Moench, Timesunion

“Nearly 1,000 immigrants traveled from across the state by bus from as far as Buffalo, Long Island and the North Country, to push the legislature to pass a bill giving undocumented immigrants the chance to get a driver’s license.”

Advocates march in Riverhead to promote equal access to driver’s licenses-March 12, 2019

Joe Werkmeister, Riverhead News-Review

“The group chanted in both Spanish and English as they marched, yelling, ‘What do we want? License!’ and ‘People, united, will never be defeated!'”

Why the NY State Senate Needs to Pass Legislation Allowing Immigrants to Apply for Drivers’ Licenses– March 6, 2019

Patrick Young, Long Island Wins

“An estimated $57 Million dollars a year in combined annual revenue would enter into our State’s economy. Granting licenses would promote greater integration in community programs, and greater trust with authorities. It would expand the economy, improve public safety, prevent deportations, and advance justice in terms of freedom of movement.”

Give Undocumented New Yorkers the Right to Drive– March 4, 2019

Monica Sibri, Daily News

“Not having access to a driver’s license is a barrier that severely limits the physical and economic mobility of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. It’s a lesson often learned by Dreamers years before they even face the hurdles of applying to college.”

State lawmakers in Ulster back driver licenses for undocumented immigrants– March 2, 2019

Paul Kirby, Daily Freeman

“Everyone who drives on New York’s roads should be properly licensed, tested and insured,” Metzger said via email. “This will make our roads safer, reduce insurance premiums and help people get to work.”

Community calls for driver’s license access for undocumented New Yorkers– March 2, 2019

Mid Hudson News

“‘A lot of them came here just because we want to have a good quality of living. We want to be able to go to our jobs, in case of emergency go to the hospital, so we asked today just to have the right to access to a driver’s license, literally just to drive, not for federal use, planes, just primarily to get in a vehicle, pay insurance, be responsible, take classes, go through the whole process. That’s the access we want.’ he said.”

Middletown forum shines light on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants– March 2, 2019

Lana Bellamy, Times Herald-Record

“Justin Minga, 10, of Middletown, said he worries about his family on the road. Minga, who is Hispanic, told a crowd of nearly 200 people Saturday about his uncle’s detainment three months ago when he was pulled over by police on his way to work.”

PHOTOS: Green Light NY forum– March 2, 2019

Lana Bellamy, Times Herald-Record

“About 200 people gathered for a forum Saturday at the Michael G. Perkins Community Center in Middletown in support of Green Light New York, a campaign for state legislation to expand driver’s license privileges to undocumented immigrants.”

Brooklyn DA supports plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants– February 27, 2019

Bernadette Hogan, New York Post

“Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez plans to announce Friday that he’ll become the first in the state to support giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. “I have placed a strong emphasis on road safety, which undoubtedly improves when all drivers are properly licensed, road-tested and insured, and when all vehicles are subject to inspection,” he said in a statement.”

Let them drive: It’s time to revisit undocumented immigrants having drivers licenses– February 17, 2019

Daily News Editorial Board, Daily News

“Which means undocumented men and women are already driving in large numbers; it only makes sense for them to prove who they are, certify they know how to obey the rules of the road — and get insured. Since California approved undocumented licenses in 2015, leading to about a million licenses in the hands of people who had no access to them, hit-and-runs dropped by as much as 10% in areas with heavy immigrant populations. Accident victims saved millions in out-of-pocket expenses.”

Con datos en mano, arrecia llamado a otorgar licencias para indocumentados February 15, 2019

Edwin Martinez, El Diario NY

“Líderes, activistas y defensores de la comunidad inmigrante continúan intensificando su campaña para pedir a la Legislatura estatal que apruebe un proyecto de ley que otorgaría licencias de conducción a indocumentados.”

All immigrants deserve driver’s licenses regardless of status, city council says February 13, 2019

Li Yakira Cohen, AM New York

“The council passed a resolution Wednesday, declaring support for state legislation that would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses to New Yorkers without requiring social security numbers and citizenship status.”

NYC pushes to get driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants  February 13, 2019

Henry Rosoff, PIX 11

“During a council hearing, testimony showed undocumented workers already contributing a billion dollars to the state economy. Advocates said licenses will only encourage more economic growth by expanding opportunity and collecting fees.”

Concejo municipal vota a favor de aprobar licencias de conducir para indocumentados  February 13, 2019

Edwin Martinez, El Diario NY

“La movida de la pieza de ley municipal se da en momentos en que diferentes grupos están adelante con la campaña denominada #HeretoStay (#AquíParaQuedarnos), que tiene como fin aumentar la presión en Albany hasta que los legisladores pasen una agenda a favor de los neoyorquinos más vulnerables.”

Concejo municipal vota a favor de aprobar licencias de conducir para indocumentados  February 13, 2019

Staff, Spectrum News NY1

“‘Todos proveen licencia a personas que no tienen su documento migratorio, que contribuyen con billones de dólares…(white flash)… Por lo tanto lo menos que podemos hacer es proveer la oportunidad de que puedan tener su licencia para manejar’, aseguró Rodríguez.”

Intensifican lucha por las licencias de conducir para indocumentados en NY  February 7, 2019

Ramon Frisneda, El Diario NY

“Cientos de inmigrantes se levantaron en horas de la madrugada un día de esta semana, pero no para irse temprano al trabajo, sino para abordar autobuses que los llevarían hasta Albany, la capital del estado, para participara de una demostración en la que volvieron a pedir que la Legislatura estatal apruebe el proyecto de ley que otorgaría licencias de conducir a todos los inmigrante en Nueva York, sin importar su estatus migratorio.”

It Will Take More Than the Dream Act for NY to Truly Welcome Immigrants  February 7, 2019

Joselyn Castillo, City Limits

“First, to truly stand up for immigrants, New York must restore driver’s licenses for all, regardless of immigration status. Our communities need to be able to freely move from one place to another, without fear that a simple traffic stop can lead them into the deportation pipeline. Driver’s licenses are also critical for transgender immigrants. Access to a license would allow us to travel without harassment on the train, or on the bus, and it would even allow me to visit family members and other communities who have been supportive of my transition.”

Driver’s licenses for all in NY  February 7, 2019

Eliana Fernandez, AM New York

“The lack of access to driver’s licenses for hundreds of thousands of immigrants regardless of status puts many of my loved ones and neighbors at risk. As a Dreamer with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, I can now get a license and drive my children to school. But many other immigrant parents cannot.”

Community Pushes for Support of Legal Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants  February 6, 2019

Ben Nandy, Spectrum News

“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. 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.”

Les cambiaría la vida si aprueban las licencias, dicen indocumentados  February 5, 2019

Jonathon Inoa, Spectrum Noticias NY1

“Los activistas e inmigrantes quieren alzar sus voces para que los legisladores y el gobernador Cuomo establezcan un plan legislativo que beneficie a la comunidad inmigrante.”

Activistas acuden a Albany a exigir derechos para los inmigrantes  February 5, 2019

Jonathon Inoa, Spectrum Noticias NY1

“Este martes, defensores de los derechos de inmigrantes partieron hacia Albany desde diferentes partes de la ciudad en busca de beneficios como por ejemplo: las licencias de conducir.”

#AquíParaQuedarnos… Inmigrantes protestan en la capital del estado pidiendo respeto y dignidad  February 5, 2019

Karmina L. Fonseca, El Correo NY

“Cientos de miembros de la organización Make the Road New York de la ciudad de Nueva York, Long Island y Westchester se reunieron en el Capitolio del Estado en Albany para pedir al gobernador Cuomo y la legislatura que prioricen su plataforma #HeretoStay (#AquíParaQuedarnos), que describe políticas clave que benefician a los inmigrantes y a los trabajadores neoyorquinos de color.”

Ralliers push for changes to NY state immigration and education systems  February 5, 2019

WYNT Staff

“These people are advocating for many things. Among them, they want driver’s licenses for all immigrants – documented or not, universal healthcare, public financing of elections, affordable housing and an end to the “school to prison” pipeline.”

Capital Tonight: Ft. Daniel and Julissa [Licences, Amazon, Rent, Fair Elex]  February 5, 2019

Capital Tonight News

Renewed push for driver’s license for undocumented immigrants comes amid political change  January 30, 2019

Gabriel Rom, Rockland Westchester Journal News

“With Democrats holding a commanding majority in the state Senate and Assembly, New York immigration advocates see a clear path to passing legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. We are in a very powerful position right now, said Luis Yumbla, director of the Hudson Valley Community Coalition, an immigration advocacy group. ‘2019 will be the year that undocumented immigrants receive driver licenses.'”

Advocacy Groups Promote State Bill Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses  January 22, 2019

Anisah Abdullah, 27 East 

“Make the Road New York is part of the steering committee for Green Light NY—the statewide coalition campaigning to get the legislation passed—representing Long Island. Its community leaders Eliana Fernandez and Gabriela Andrade spoke at the meeting on behalf of Green Light NY and discussed the legislation’s benefits both locally and statewide.”

$1M campaign supports drivers’ licenses for undocumented New Yorkers  January 17, 2019

Mallory Moench, Times Union

“The New York Immigration Coalition has launched a $1 million legislative campaign in the latest push to get drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants — a lack that has led to immigration detention after traffic stops in the Capital Region.”

There are benefits to drivers’ licenses for the undocumented  January 16, 2019

Staff, River Reporter

“But an analysis from the Fiscal Policy Institute (http://bit.ly/TRREditorial) says taxpayers would actually be better off if many of the 800,000 undocumented immigrants in the state were allowed to get a license, buy a car and insurance. “The Fiscal Policy analysis projects that revenues from expanding access to drivers’ licenses would more than cover expenses to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and would generate some modest additional revenues for public transportation authorities and county governments.”

Once opposed, Gillibrand now supports giving drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants New Yorkers  January 16, 2019

Kenneth Lovett, Daily News

“After once opposing it, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on her first day as a Democratic presidential candidate said she now supports granting drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants.“I think we have to make it possible for people to provide for their families,” Gillibrand said as she was leaving her campaign kickoff event Wednesday morning at a hometown diner in the Town of Brunswick, just outside of Troy.”

NYS’ leading immigration group kicking off $1 million effort for drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants  January 14, 2019

Kenneth Lovett, Daily News

“The leading pro-immigration group in New York is set to launch a million-dollar campaign pushing the state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.The New York Immigration Coalition will head the effort and use its political arm to fund a Super PAC targeting state elected officials, said Steven Choi, the group’s executive director.”

Woodstock Town Board supports driver licenses for undocumented immigrants  January 10, 2019

Nick Henderson, Hudson Valley One

“Drafting a resolution supporting the Driver License Access Privacy Act is such a “no-brainer” and has enough urgency, McKenna bypassed the normal step of running it by the newly formed Human Rights Commission. The Driver License Access Privacy Act, also known as Green Light NY, is making its way through the Assembly as Bill A10273 and the Senate as Bill S8680. The legislation allows anyone living in New York who passes the required tests to obtain a license regardless of immigration status.”

Another Voice: Widening access to driver’s licenses would benefit state  January 10, 2019

Jennifer Connor, Buffalo News

“The bill would also have a positive impact on families throughout our region, especially farmers and the immigrant workers they depend on to harvest the crops and milk the cows. Without access to driver’s licenses, immigrant workers face many barriers to seeking and maintaining employment in agriculture, as well as an increased risk of detention and deportation over routine traffic stops.”

Coalition wants New York to lead on immigraiton policy  January 2, 2019

Capital Tonight Staff, Albany County, Spectrum News

“He told the story of how his grandparents came to America from Italy, saying “they were the people at the southern border today.” And he railed against the federal government. But Cuomo’s speech did not go into specifics when it comes to immigration policy. So the New York Immigration Coalition responded with a few things they would like to see the governor and state lawmakers pass this year.”

What Gov. Cuomo owes immigrants: his Ellis Islnd inaugural is the perfect opportunity to recommit to protecting non-citizen New Yorkers December 31, 2018

NY Daily News

“But now, as Democrats — who benefited enormously from historic Latino and immigrant voter turnout — prepare to take the reins of the state Senate, there can be no more excuses. It’s time for Albany to finally work for immigrants. Immigrant New Yorkers are looking for speedy action on many priorities. Chief among them are restoring access to driver’s licenses for all, passing the New York Dream Act, and expanding protections for tenants across the state.”

Viewpoint: Cuomo, enough symbolism; deliver substance  December 10, 2018

Steven Choi, Times Union

“The governor must support expanding driver’s licenses, regardless of immigration status. New York lags behind 12 states, plus Washington, D.C., that have already expanded access to driver’s licenses. New Jersey and Oregon are looking to pass similar legislation in 2019. Why is New York — once a proud leader as America’s immigrant gateway — behind?”

New York Needs to Restore Access to Driver’s Licenses for All in 2019  December 10, 2018

Luis Sepulveda & Javier Valdés, Gotham Gazette

“For many New Yorkers who cannot access public transportation and need to drive, a routine traffic stop can lead to something much worse than a ticket; it can lead to deportation. That’s why restoring equal access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers is not controversial, it is a necessity. All over the state, immigrants need to go to work, school, and attend doctor’s appointments, but in places like upstate New York, Long Island, and parts of New York City, a lack of public transportation means driving is the only option.”

El 2019 es el año para restaurar el acceso a las licencias de conducir para todos  December 6, 2018

Luis Sepulveda y Javier H. Valdes, El Diario

“En todo el estado, los inmigrantes tienen que ir al trabajo, la escuela y asistir a citas médicas, pero en lugares como el norte de Nueva York, Long Island y partes de la ciudad de Nueva York, la falta de transporte público significa que la única opción es conducir.”

Bill would legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants  December 3, 2018

12 News Westchester, Staff

“Proponents of the bill packed into White Plains Library Monday night to ensure their message was heard. They say giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses would make roads safer, help ensure that everyone knows the traffic laws and make sure everyone passes a driving test before getting behind the wheel. A license would also allow undocumented people to properly register as well as inspect and insure their vehicles.”

NY Advocates Say Time Has Come For Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses  December 3, 2018

Arun Venugopal, Gothamist New York City

“Immigrant rights groups gathered on the steps of City Hall with elected officials to push for a long-awaited progressive cause: drivers licenses for any adult residing in the state, regardless of their immigration status.”

Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants On Dems’ To-Do List  December 3, 2018

Noah Manskar, Patch NYC

“A bill proposed in Albany would create a ‘standard’ driver’s license that anyone could get without having to provide a Social Security number, as the current license application requires. Twelve states and the District of Columbia already have similar laws in place, said state Sen. Luis Sepulveda (D-Bronx), one of the bill’s sponsors.”

Push begins to let undocumented New Yorkers get licenses  November 17, 2018

Joe Mahoney, Niagara Gazette

“Advocates for the measure contend it would enhance public safety in New York by allowing people who are in violation of immigration laws and are already driving to properly register and insure their cars and trucks.”

Hopes Rise For Driver’s License Bill In NY  November 16, 2018

Jose Martinez, Voices of NY

“For over a decade, a number of efforts seeking to allow 850,000 undocumented immigrants in New York State to obtain driver permits – according to an estimate by the Institute of Immigration Policy – have failed. Still, the results of the mid-term election on November 6 could change things.”

Immigration advocates push for undocumented farmworkers to have access to driver licenses  August 22, 2018

Nick Lippa, WBFO 88.7

“The New York State Fair begins Wednesday in Syracuse and stands as a celebration of the upstate agricultural economy, but the people who run those farms fear they could be deported without a license. Members of Green Light New York gathered Tuesday in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester highlighting the benefits of immigrant farmworkers receiving a license.”

Immigrant Farmworkers Call on Gov. Cuomo to Expand Access to Standard Driver’s Licenses  August 21, 2018

Scott Willis, WAER Syracuse University

“Members of the Green Light New York Campaign held events Tuesday in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo asking Cuomo to sign an executive order restoring the Standard driver’s license. Dairy farm worker Victor Hernandez says it would allow residents, regardless of immigration status, the freedom to drive to the hospital, grocery store, or to take their children to school. He spoke through an interpreter.”

Inmigrantes presionan al estado de Nueva York para tener derecho a licencias de conducir  August 1, 2018

Mundo Hispanico, Staff

“Inmigrantes que se desempeñan como trabajadores agrícolas en el estado de Nueva York están presionando para que se les expidan licencias de conducir, sin importar cuál sea su estatus migratorio, reportaron medios locales.”

Should DMV Give Undocumented Immigrants Driver’s Licenses?  June 14, 2018

Dan Murphy, Yonkers Times

“’It will be a great step for New York’s immigrants, who will be able to drive to and from work, open bank accounts, buy car insurance, and be less fearful when reporting crimes,’ said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. ‘We are expecting to collaborate with the state and our governor on the work that remains to be done with great interest.'”

Council supports undocumented immigrants receiving driver’s license  June 13, 2018

Kathy Welsh, Hudson Valley News

“The legislative effort to expand driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers is being led by the statewide Green Light NY: Driving Together coalition, of which local organization Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a key leader. On May 14, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson bused over 110 residents from Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Middletown, Newburgh, and Monroe to the New York State Capitol Building for a statewide mobilization for the campaign.”

Hochul clarifies position on immigrant driver’s licenses  May 31, 2018

Jimmy Vielkind, Politico

“After her overwhelming renomination, Hochul said she had a record of “standing up for progressive values in the most Republican district in the state” when she was a member of Congress in 2011 and 2012. Asked about her arrest threats in response to a 2007 proposal by then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer to grant driver’s licenses to non-citizens, Hochul said the world has changed.”

Poughkeepsie Council Backs State Bill Offering Undocumented Immigrants Driver’s Licenses  May 22, 2018

Amy Wu, Poughkeepsie Journal

State law requires residents have a social security number to attain a driver’s license. The bill to change that is being pushed by Green Light NY: Driving Together coalition, which is being led locally by Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.”

Poughkeepsie Common Council Endorses Greenlight Legislation  May 22, 2018

Kathy Welsh, HVNN

“According to a press release issued by Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, on Monday, the Poughkeepsie Common Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of bill A10273/S08680 before the New York State legislature, which expands access to driver’s licenses to all New York State residents, regardless of immigration status.”

Sepúlveda-Crespo bill would extend driving privileges to undocumented immigrants  May 16, 2018

Jessie Russell, Legislative Gazette

“The legislation would particularly benefit undocumented immigrants who currently have no way of obtaining a driver’s licenses because they do not have the documentation needed to apply for one.”

Let undocumented immigrants drive: Cuomo can act right now  May 14, 2018

Peter Markowitz, NY Daily News

“Of course, for those fighting for the restoration of access to driver’s licenses for immigrant New Yorkers, legislation is preferable. But there is no debating Cuomo’s clear legal authority to take action now. He can, and should, act.”

Rally in Albany to let people of all immigration status get driver’s licenses  May 14, 2018

Caitlin Landers, Spectrum News

“The group Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and supporters gathered and got on buses leaving from Middletown and other Hudson Valley cities to head to the capital, saying New York should join 12 other states to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses.”

Renewed Push for Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented New Yorkers  April 20, 2018

David Lombardo, Times Union

“Supporters believe the change could bring in about $57 million in annual state and county fees and taxes, generate $26 million in one-time revenue connected to people buying vehicles and result in a nominal reduction in car insurance rates. If approved, New York would become the 13th state to allow residents to apply for licenses regardless of their immigration status.”

뉴욕주 불체자 운전면허 취득 허용하라  April 19, 2018

조진우 기자 Korea Times

“민권센터와 뉴욕이민자연맹(NYIC) 등 이민자 단체들은 18일 올바니 뉴욕주청사에서 불법체류자를 포함한 모든 뉴욕 주민들의 운전면허증 취득을 허용하는 법안(A10273)의 통과를 촉구하는 집회를 개최했다. 참가자들은 “캘리포니아 등 12개주가 이미 불체자에게도 운전 면허 취득을 허용하고 있다”며 “운전면허 발급을 확대하면 뉴욕주 경제성장에 도움이 된다”고 밝혔다. <사진제공=민권센터>”

Groups Pushing for Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants  April 19, 2018

Morgan McKay, Twin Tiers

“‘We want every resident of our state to have access to a drivers license. We’re talking about farm workers, we’re talking about men and women who work in almost every industry,’ Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Bronx) said.”

Despite Budget Setback, Immigrants Still Pushing for Driers Licenses, DREAM Act– April 19, 2018

Alexa Appel, The Legislative Gazette

“With the budget finalized and little progress made on immigrant rights such as the DREAM Act and driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers, advocates are continuing to fight for progression.”

Renewed Push to Give Licenses to Undocumented New Yorkers – April 19, 2018

David Lombardo, Times Union

“Supporters believe the change could bring in about $57 million in annual state and county fees and taxes, generate $26 million in one-time revenue connected to people buying vehicles and result in a nominal reduction in car insurance rates for current drivers. If approved, New York would become the 13th state to allow residents to apply for driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status.”

불체자 운전면허, 뉴욕주 경제에도 도움 – April 19, 2018

최수진 기자, Korea Daily

“민권센터와 뉴욕이민자연맹(NYIC) 등 이민자 권익옹호 단체들로 구성된 ‘그린라이트 연맹’은 18일 주청사를 방문, 체류 신분과 상관 없이 모든 뉴욕주민들에게 운전면허증 취득을 허용하는 ‘운전면허 접근 및 개인정보 보호법’의 통과를 촉구했다.”

Undocumented Immigrants Could Get Driving License in New York– April 19, 2018

Little India Desk

“One of the hurdles faced by undocumented immigrants in the United States is no access to a driver’s license. However, that could change in New York soon. Rights groups holding a peaceful protest at the Capitol on April 18 pushed for the legislation–the Driver License Access and Privacy Act–allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.”

“紐約移民聯盟(New York Immigration Coalition)行政總監崔慶漢(Steven Choi)說,「如果這項法案通過,對紐約州的移民現狀來說是一大進步,移民們就可以開車通勤工作、去銀行、上車險,也將減少對犯罪的恐懼。我們期待繼續與政府合作,為移民服務。」”

Presionan Por Licencias de Conducir Para Indocumentados en Nueva York  April 18, 2018

David Ramirez, El Diario NY

“Este miércoles, la coalición Green Light NY se congregó en el Capitolio estatal, pidiendo a la Asamblea que apruebe la Driver License Access and Privacy Act (A.10273), legislación que daría ‘luz verde’ a todos los neoyorquinos, incluyendo inmigrantes indocumentados, para solicitar licencias de conducir.”

Controversial License Proposal Revived in New York – April 18, 2018

Nick Reisman, Spectrum News

“State lawmakers and advocates for immigrant communities on Wednesday rallied at the Capitol to push for a well-known and historically controversial proposal: giving undocumented New Yorkers driver’s licenses.”

Live from NY State Capitolio – April 18, 2018

Mariel Fiori and Antonio Flores-Lobos, Radio Kingston

“La Voz went to Albany to cover the introduction of Bill A10273 in the NY state assembly, which, if approved by both chambers, and signed by Governor Cuomo,  it will grant all New Yorkers the right to obtain a driving license, regardless of their immigration status.  At the event, there were at least 20 elected officials and over one hundred supporters of the bill. There were many moving speeches, including the one of Kingston’s own assemblyman, Kevin Cahill.”

Will NY Let Undocumented Immigrants Get Driver’s Licenses? – April 18, 2018

Natasha Vaughn, Democrat & Chronicle 

“If passed, the Driver License Access and Privacy Act would allow immigrants in the country illegally to get driver’s licenses using a passport that was issued in another country as identification.”

Groups Pushing for Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants  April 18, 2018

Morgan McKay, News 10

“Undocumented immigrants face many hurdles living in the states, one of which is access to a drivers license. Groups from across the state gathered at the Capitol to push for legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a drivers license.”

Renewed Push to Allow Undocumented Immigrants Drivers Licenses – April 18, 2018

Capital Tonight Staff

“The debate over drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants continues. For supporters, it is both an economic issue and one of personal safety for a particularly vulnerable population. And while it met a lot of resistance last time it came up in Albany, things have changed a lot since then. The New York Immigration Coalition’s Policy Director Anu Joshi explains the reasons for optimism this time around.”

Bigger Picture: Green Light NY– April 10, 2018

Spencer Tulis, Finger Lakes Times

“A campaign that is underway, Green Light NY: Driving Together!, is aimed at helping ensure equal access to limited-purpose, ID-compliant driver’s licenses for all residents of New York, regardless of immigration status. A few ally organizations for this campaign exist right here in Geneva.”

Immigrant Women Protest: ‘We Will Not Be Caged!’  March 29, 2018

Minnie Bruce Pratt, Workers World

“Orozco was turned in to the U.S. Border Patrol by N.Y. State Police in 2013 when she and her partner, Hector Navarro, lacked a license while driving. The WCCNY has a Green Light NY/Driving Together! campaign underway to expand access to drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status.”

Woodstock says NY state should let undocumented immigrant get driver’s licenses  January 17, 2018

William J. Kemble, Daily Freeman

“‘There are many [people], including our own police chief, who are calling for this, and nobody ever called him a bleeding-heart liberal,’ McKenna said. ‘They recognize this is going to make the roads safer for everybody.'”

Driving While Undocumented, and Facing the Risks – July 18, 2017

Liz Robbins, New York Times

“In large sections of the United States, unauthorized immigrants drive without a license anyway — to work, to shop or to take their children to school or other activities. Carlos Cardona, 28, who works on a dairy farm outside of Rochester, said he had no choice the night his infant daughter’s fever spiked. He drove to get her medicine. “I know we are in another country that is not our own, and I don’t like breaking the law,” he said in an interview in Spanish, “but when it comes to my family, I have to take risks.”

Descendants of Irish immigrants should ‘green light’ newcomers – March 16, 2017

Maureen Curtin, Syracuse Commentary

“Let’s honor our ancestors from Eire by standing up against this injustice. In recent weeks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been unleashed in our region. Stand up for our neighbors by calling for the repeal of the 1996 Crime and Immigration Bills and an end to raids led by ICE. For those who cherish the rebellious spirit commemorated in the upside-down traffic light on Tipperary Hill, do the right thing and join the “Green Light, NY: Driving Together!” campaign.”

Bill would let undocumented immigrants get driver licenses March 08, 2017

Gabriel Rom, Lohud. USA Today Network

“Backers of the movement say support from advocacy groups, police and local officials is growing in Rockland and Westchester counties for a bill recently introduced in the state Assembly. They believe the measure may hold promise for Cruz and some 92,000 other undocumented immigrants over the age of 16 in the Lower Hudson Valley, according to statistics released by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a union-backed think tank in Albany.”

Continúan esfuerzos para que Nueva York otorgue licencias de conducir a indocumentados – March 07, 2017

Univision

“‘Si se proveen estas licencias de conducir de propósito limitado, podemos hacer más seguras nuestras carreteras para todos, crecer nuestra economía agregando 57 millones de dólares al año y ayudar a prevenir que pequeñas infracciones de tránsito se conviertan en trágicas deportaciones’, sostuvo el director ejecutivo de la Coalición de Inmigración de Nueva York, Steven Choi.”

Manifestantes exigen a la Legislatura que apruebe licencias para indocumentados – March 07, 2017

Edwin Martinez, El Diario

Luis Rivas, miembro de la organización Make the Road NY, quien no cuenta con un permiso de manejo, le dijo a los legisladores que si no aprueban la ley de las licencias, estarían siendo cómplices de la “continua guerra” del gobierno Trump contra las comunidades inmigrantes.”

Driver’s licenses sought for undocumented immigrants in N.Y. – March 07, 2017

Jon Campbell, Lohud. USA Today Network

“A few hundred immigrants from across New York gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol, lending their support to a bill in the state Assembly that would create a limited license available to any state resident, regardless of immigration status.”

Activistas en Albany siguen luchando por licencias de conducción para indocumentados  March 07, 2017

Noticia

Hundreds Join Together in Albany to Fight for Driver’s License Access for All New Yorkers Regardless of Status  March 07, 2017

“Today on the Million Dollar Steps at the New York State Capitol building in Albany, The Green Light NY: Driving Together Coalition held press conference calling for access to driver’s license for all New York residents, regardless of immigration status. Hundreds of advocates and affected immigrants filled the steps of the Capitol building, urging New York’s elected officials to stand behind Bill A4050which will provide limited purpose driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Advocates of the bill urged legislators to support it, stating that its passage will help protect immigrants, improve public safety, and strengthen the state’s economy.”

Syracuse mayor supports undocumented immigrants obtaining NY driver’s licenses  February 07, 2017

Tom Magnarelli, WVRO

“Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is supporting a campaign to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a New York State driver’s license. Miner and other groups are lobbying state elected officials to sign on to the measure.”

Reports Support Licenses for Undocumented Drivers February 02, 2017

Renuevan pedido de licencias de conducir para indocumentados en NY – January 31, 2017

Camille Padilla Dalmau, El Diario

“Hay aproximadamente 570,000 inmigrantes indocumentados a través de los cinco condados de la ciudad de Nueva York, según un reporte del contralor municipal Scott Stringer, que analizó el impacto que tendrían las licencias para este segmento de la población. ”

La campaña para que el estado de Nueva York otorgue licencias de conducir a indocumentados January 31, 2017

Univision

“‘Cuando era una niña, todos los días mi madre indocumentada se ponía en riesgo a ser deportada por llevarme a la escuela para que yo pudiera tener la educación a la que tenía derecho’, afirma Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, quien hoy es la directora ejecutiva del Hudson Valley Community Coalition. Hidalgo es una de las voces que buscan que el estado de Nueva York otorgue licencias de conducir a los indocumentados.”

Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses  January 31, 2017

Fiscal Policy Institute

“New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Fiscal Policy Institute, elected officials and immigration advocates today the release of new analyses of the fiscal costs and benefits of expanding access to driver’s licenses to all New Yorkers, without regard to immigration status, and the launch of a new campaign announced, Green Light NY: Driving Together.”

Nueva York busca dar licencias de manejo a indocumentados January 31, 2017

El Universal

Campaign seeks driver’s licenses for undocumented workers January 17, 2017

Annette Jimenez, El Mensajero Catolico

“The Green Light: Manejandos Juntos (Driving Together) New York campaign seeks a change in current policy to allow anyone to obtain a valid driver’s license without requiring Social Security Numbers, explained Luis Jiménez, a dairy farm worker in Livingston County who has lived in area since 2004. The change would allow the use of foreign passports as identification in the application process and would require those applying to comprehend English and existing traffic regulations, he said.”