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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latinos Celebrate Passage of AB 60, Landmark Legislation Enabling Millions to Drive Safely

Presente.org Commends the Leadership of Immigrant Youth and Members of California Latino Legislative Caucus in an Historic Reversal of Anti-immigrant Era Legislation

Sept. 13, 2013

Los Angeles, CA - Presente.org celebrates the California State Legislature’s approval of AB 60, landmark legislation that will enable millions of undocumented people to drive with a license. This major victory marks a historic reversal of provisions prohibiting licenses in the anti-immigrant era of California under Governor Pete Wilson. At that time, the State of California barred undocumented immigrants from being able to obtain a drivers license. The passage of AB 60 means that undocumented immigrants will be able to drive safely on California’s roads highways and streets. The bill now goes to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

“California just sent a resounding message to immigrants, non-immigrants, and to the country: the anti-immigrant era in California is dying” said Arturo Carmona. “Everybody should be able to drive safely, everybody should drive on our streets without fear. This hard fought victory was the product of the efforts of many groups and would not have been possible without the leadership of undocumented Californians like the members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. After 20 years of driving discrimination, the passage of this bill marks an important moment in California, which is clearly moving away from the Wilson era of anti-immigrant politics. Most importantly, AB 60 helps protect immigrants against the terror caused by deportations by collaboration between federal, state and local governments. We are excited that the thousands of phone calls and emails sent by our members were effective. And we will continue to fight the remnants of the anti-immigrant era in California to the end."