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Rally at Delaware Ave. church backs driver's licenses for all immigrants

Immigration advocates speaking during a rally Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave., called on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would ease restrictions on immigrant workers who want to obtain driver's licenses.

"The same workers on the farm producing milk cannot get to the store and buy a gallon of milk," said Jennifer Connor of Justice for Migrant Families WNY. "People working in the restaurant industry who serve food work long, odd hours."

Proposed legislation would make a standard driver's license available for all residents regardless of immigrant status. Five thousand immigrants in the Buffalo area would become eligible for a driver's license under the proposed legislation, said organizers with the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign. The move would increase city and county revenue by $57 million, organizers said.

"Transportation is a huge issue and affects all immigrants," said Connor. "Twelve other states have given undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses."

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