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“With this faith we will be able to work together…” Wis. legislation filling gaps for immigrants

“With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together to stand up for freedom together…” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear All – I want to share some information on an action that was brought to my attention by Sharon Chavolla, an FSPA Affiliate. Sharon works closely with the immigrant community in La Crosse, Wis., and the surrounding area. Sharon has worked with the community as they have  mobilized to pass measures that would allow immigrants driving certificates and in state tuition.

The driving certificate measure would give immigrants  legal driving status that is different from a drivers license. It serves as a protection for both the immigrant and other drivers and also allows access to car insurance. It is a simple measure that helps to fill the “gaps” when a person is undocumented and blocked from many government services/requirements.

The second piece of the legislation extends in state tuition to immigrants seeking to attend state schools. Right now undocumented individuals do not get access to the in state rates no matter how long they have lived in the community. This shows another “gap” that comes from a lack of documentation and creates a road block to education for the immigrant community.

These measures, while simple if passed, would create many exciting openings for the immigrant community of Wisconsin. It would also send a signal that the fear, mistrust and racism that has surrounded much of the rhetoric of immigration reform no longer rules the day. That we as diverse community hailing from around the world seek to welcome and not criminalize those who come to build new lives.

Click on the link below and see how you can help ensure the passage of these important measures! Much Peace Liz

http://www.vdlf.org/get_informed/christines_column.php?eid=21

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