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Should undocumented workers receive licenses?

Posted at 7:50 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 23:17:14-04

BARKER, N.Y. (WKBW) — It’s been roughly one year since 28-year-old Miguel Resendiz says his life changed forever.

Miguel is an undocumented worker from Mexico. He’s been in the United States working on a Barker dairy farm for seven years.

A year ago, he says he was driving to see his children when he was pulled over by the police. Since he is undocumented, he was unable to provide a New York State drivers license . He was arrested and taken to immigration, where he says he had to pay a $10,000 bond and is facing deportation.

“I live with the fear of losing my family,” he said.

There’s a renewed push to prevent to prevent situations, like what happened to Resendiz from happening to others. Advocates for immigrants feel there’s enough support with a Democratic controlled legislature to get driver’s licenses for undocumented workers.

Many feel that’s not a safe reality, like Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns. Kearns says he fears issuing licenses to undocumented workers would be a dangerous loophole.

“We are a border State to Canada,” he said in August in an interview with 7 Eyewitness news. “Terrorism is a very important issue.”
Immigrants like Resendiz say a driver’s license is a necessity.