Milwaukee Group Seeks Drivers Licenses for Undocumented

Voces de la Frontera is renewing its commitment to getting a law passed that would allow undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin to obtain driver’s licenses. Advocates of the bill say the law would make roads safer, keep families together by avoiding threats of deportation and improve police-community relations by taking the fear out of police interactions such as traffic stops.

About 50 people attended a recent informational meeting hosted by Voces de la Frontera at Allen-Field Elementary School, 730 W. Lapham Blvd. Attendees discussed their concerns for the future of the bill and their plans to push it through the Wisconsin legislature.

Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz said a similar bill nearly passed in 2009. She said the organization is working with State Representatives JoCasta Zamarripa and David Crowley to draft and sponsor the bill. They hope to include it as part of the 2019-2021 state budget or pass it as stand-alone legislation.