State Sen. Andres Ayala spoke Feb. 26 at an event in support of immigrant rights in Connecticut.
The event was organized by advocates and several undocumented residents of Connecticut who expressed their desire to continue living and working in the state they call home, while attempting to obtain citizenship. Ayala spoke in favor of HB 6037, a bill that will allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver’s licenses to certain undocumented residents.
“This bill presents an opportunity for our undocumented neighbors to operate a vehicle in order to get to work, support their families, and contribute to our state,” Ayala said. “Allowing them to obtain a license not only lets our undocumented neighbors carry out their lives, but it ensures that they are just as accountable to the rules of the road as everyone else. This bill will promote safe, properly insured drivers, who can get to work and contribute to Connecticut’s economy.”
This bill is currently before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, which will hold a public hearing at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven on Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Other speakers at the immigrant rights event echoed Ayala’s support for this bill, and asked that anyone interested in it attend the public hearing next week.