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Migrant Worker Supporters Apply for Drivers Privilege Cards

Starting January 1st, undocumented workers in Vermont have been able to legally take to the roads using a Drivers Privilege card. Now, over 2 weeks in, folks are taking advantage.
MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Starting January 1st, undocumented workers in Vermont have been able to legally take to the roads using a Drivers Privilege card. Now, over 2 weeks in, folks are taking advantage.

For those who believe in the cause, it's a step forward for migrant justice and human rights.

Using an interpreter, Gerardo Martinez explained what got him to this place, "This struggle for the drivers license campaign has been a huge challenge for us and something that we've been able to overcome and it's really allowed us at this point in the game to have our own lives and seek our own opportunities."

Supporters joined migrant workers at the DMV in Montpelier Friday morning. Some even swapped their license for a privilege card.

“I'm really inspired by all of the allies who are giving up, what some have described as a little bit of a privilege, to stand in solidarity with our farm workers so that they're not isolated in being the only ones who have this license,” said supporter Brendan O’Neill.

The Drivers Privilege card cannot be used for federal Identification, it is only for driving.

The Migrant Justice Workers group says it chose this weekend because of Dr. Martin Luther King, “who preached about his dream, one for access and opportunity for all, regardless of the color of their skin,” said Nathaly Agosto Filion, a supporter.

Lawmakers say obtaining a Drivers Privilege card will not lead to deportation.

Opponents of the bill, passed last year, say driving is a privilege that should not have been extended to those here illegally.

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