Kzoo commissioners pass resolution giving undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to allow undocumented immigrants to have a driver’s license.

Dozens of people came to the meeting Monday night, and everyone who stepped up to address the commission said they supported the idea.

“As you might know, not having a license is one of the main reasons many undocumented people get deported,” a public commenter said. “One of my fears is coming home and not seeing my parents ever again. At the age of 14, this shouldn’t be included in my list of fears.”

Going into the meeting, the commissioners and Mayor Bobby Hopewell were leaning towards passing the resolution, but wanted to hear from people about their personal experiences and struggles regarding a license.

While the resolution doesn’t have any legal standing, supporters say this will urge the state legislature to pass a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a license.

Several states have already introduced such legislation, including California, Nevada and New Mexico.

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26 comments

  • DaMailman

    You can legally drive in Michigan with a driver’s license from all Central American countries. Go home and get one.

  • BS

    Having a driving license IS NOT A RIGHT – IT IS A PRIVILEGE.
    If you enter the United States ILLEGALLY – YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE THAT PRIVILEGE.
    Next they will want to allow ILLEGAL ALIENS the right to vote.

  • Better common sense

    You idiots ☝ again amuse me with your lack of knowledge and education. Your mediocre statements are true to your level of experience with this matter. Driving to and from work is something we all need to do. Regardless of background or political affiliation. It’s a win for all. But you might get offended because you’re not making money from it. Please, continue to amuse me yet again…..

    • me

      If you are an undocumented immigrant then that means you are here illegally and therefore it is illegal for you to be working here in this country. If you were a legal immigrant then you could have a drivers license.

    • brboltoph

      Your level of ignorance amuses me. Illegal means exactly that. Illegal. And given that, there is no right to work in this country. And even if there was a right to work, there is no right to a driver’s License. Its a privilege. Not even citizens and LEGAL immigrants have a right to a driver’s license. Your whole screed is just further prove that liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • G

    If your illegal, no license. You don’t have rights here if you aren’t a legal citizen. Gtfo. Sick of this country getting over ran.

  • J.B.

    Why does it seem like this current batch of politicians want to represent everyone BUT American citizens?
    Something is seriously wrong here…
    If something isn’t done to change this current political giveaway,
    one day soon we going to wake up in someone else’s country..
    All these things that are currently being “given” away to these foreign nationals, sure weren’t “given” to you or yours.

  • Not racist not violent but no longer silent

    So by that logic ANY one of us should be able to walk into a secretary of state office and just say we’re “undocumented” and give the clerk some info and get a license correct?

    • J.B.

      Yep, need a proffesional grade fake id?
      Hi! I am yada yada from yada yada and i am xXXx years old and have a “Right” to a drivers license…
      Fantastic! now Smile for your picture Mr/Ms Yada, Here ya go!
      Now “You” go and try that neat little trick Mr/Ms American citizen taxpayer…
      better have 5 verifiable forms of ID and a DNA sample ready,
      you know…for security purposes..
      Bizzaro World.

  • Kevin Nelson

    You know, they really should be careful. The courts just ruled that federal funds can be withheld from sanctuary cities. And they should be. This crap needs to stop.

  • Better common sense

    YOU ALL ARE STILL MISSING THE POINT ☝ I’m not liberal either. Baseless assumptions once again. Ignorance is not a virtue.

  • J.B.

    And what is with these politicians who say they are so concerned with foreign influence and foreign meddling in our elections etc. etc..
    Are also the very same people who basically are demanding that we register millions of illegal foreign nationals to VOTE?
    Not to mention saying its “discriminatory” to ask to even see a form of valid ID when voting?
    You know..The same ID that they are now demanding that these people receive!?
    Yep..nothing to see here….nothing wrong at all…

  • lml25

    You must have severe retardation–to be so easily amused and not grasp the problem the country is having.The brain of a 4 year old,I estimate.

  • Dave

    WTF? California’s practices continue to ruin this country. Screw K’zoo and this poor decision. Maybe its a joke and when all the illegals come in for their new free license, they will grab and deport them.

  • David Blume

    Great! Now they want to be just like Cal. and Nev. That should tell us something right there. This is idiotic!

  • William

    How dumb can you get?“As you might know, not having a license is one of the main reasons many undocumented people get deported,” I’d say the main reason they get deported is because their here illegally you dumb a$$

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